Author Colin Beavan, in research for his
next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A
newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer
avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind
his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little
environmental impact as possible for one year. No more
automated transportation, no more electricity, no more
non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.
That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping
wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged
into the fray. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film
provides a front row seat into the familial strains and
strengthened bonds that result from Colin’s and Michelle’s
struggle with this radical lifestyle change.
“Honey,” I said. “I have this idea for a project where we
would live environmentally for a year.”
“Uh-huh,” she said, turning a page.
“It might be really hard,” I said, “but I think it would be
“Uh-huh,” she said.
“Will you do it with me?”
She didn’t register the question.
“Will you do it with me?” I repeated.
“What? Sure, honey, no problem. Sounds good.”
And that, by the way, is how you get your spouse to do
almost anything. You ask them when they aren’t really
listening so that, later, when they want to change their
minds, you’re both in way too deep to back out.
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