No Impact Man was questionable at certain times. I questioned the credibility of the documentary because I am unsure of how determined a parent would be to risk not providing their growing child the nutrition she needs in order to “save the trees”. I just could not fathom a parent willingly giving that up. The unsanitary conditions (no toilet paper? really?) that follow are also not something I would want to put my family through. Had Colin done this by himself, I would not have had any complaints. The fact that he forced his family to go through this with him is what gets under my skin. Some things such as walking to their workplace is something that not everyone can do. People who are not in the city do not have a choice and must take some form of transportation to get to work on time. While the family did a great job, I feel that there are many ways to have less of a negative impact on the environment and I also feel that this was a bit over-the-top and an extreme take on what can be done to better the Earth.
Examples include getting more active in recycling and advocating for a better recycling system in the US, planting trees, donating extra shopping money to organizations that help and protect wildlife instead of buying $900 boots, riding your bike, walking, taking the bus, using less plastic, and just spending more time outside and appreciating nature. Reinforcing that positive attitude about nature to young children and the people around us is also a very important action to take. In order for many people to begin having less of an impact, they have to WANT to have less of an impact. They have to care about the Earth and work together to preserve the beauty of what nature can provide.