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Beavan (Fingerprint) chronicles his yearlong effort to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. Realizing that he had erred in thinking that condemning other people's misdeeds somehow made [him] virtuous, he makes a stab at genuine (and radical) virtue: forgoing toilet paper and electricity, relinquishing motorized transportation, becoming a locavore and volunteering with environmental organizations. Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations: lower resource use won't fill the empty spaces in my life, but it is just possible that a world in which we already suffer so much loss could be made a little bit better if husbands were kinder to their wives. While few readers will be tempted to go to Beavan's extremes, most will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles. (Sept.)
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“From their first baby steps (no takeout) to their giant leap (no toilet paper), the Beavans’ experiment in ecological responsibility was a daunting escapade in going green . . . So fervent as to make Al Gore look like a profligate wastrel, Beavan’s commitment to the cause is, nonetheless, infectiously inspiring and uproariously entertaining.”
“With thorough research, Beavan updates his blog (noimpactman.com) with convincing statistical evidence, while discovering new ways to reduce consumption and his family’s environmental footprint . . . An inspiring, persuasive argument that individuals are not helpless in the battle against environmental degradation and global warming.”
“Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations . . . [Readers] will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles.”
“No Impact Man is a deeply honest and riveting account of the year in which Colin Beavan and his wife attempted to do what most of us would consider impossible. What might seem inconvenient to the point of absurdity instead teaches lessons that all of us need to learn. We as individuals can take action to address important social problems. One person can make a difference.”
—Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
“Colin Beavan has the disarming and uniquely remedial ability to make you laugh while he's making you feel like a swine, and what's more, to make you not only want to, but to actually do something, about it.”
—Norah Vincent, author of Voluntary Madness
“There's something of Thoreau in Colin Beavan's great project--but a fully engaged, connected, and right-this-minute helpful version. It's a moment when we need to have as little impact in our own lives as possible--and as much impact in our political lives as we can possibly muster. Beavan shows how!”
—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
"No Impact Man is a subversive book--not because it preaches a radical environmental agenda, but because it gives the secret to personal rebellion against the bitterness of a man's own compromises."
—Arthur Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness
"The No Impact Experiment changed Colin Beavan and reading No Impact Man will change you."
—Annie Leonard, creator of "The Story of Stuff"
pretty good. Definitely gave me ideas and lots to think about...Published 1 month ago by Searching for Simple Life
I really enjoyed the book. The author talks about the philosophical implications of his lifestyle particularly as they pertain to happiness. It gave me a lot to think about.Published 2 months ago by Science Girl
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation! It was great fun to compare the movie with the audio book--sometimes it was the difference of night and day. Read morePublished 3 months ago by darkisland51
Enjoyable to read and important information to learn. This book has changed the way I live and I am wasting less as a result.Published 3 months ago by Shoki
Colin Beavan is pathetically self-important and pretentious in this lame effort at self-promotion. Granted, human impact on the environment may be the most important issue today... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Priscilla
I love this book and it's message. Living with minimal impact is something we should all strive for. Not only for humans but for the sake of all nature and all living things. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leo Lefty