By Fredrica Syren
After watching No Impact Man last week, we continued discussing how hard it must have been to go “zero impact” for one year, living without pretty much everything that Colin Beaver and his family were used to. So many times when we talk to people about what we do to help save our planet, we get a lot of “I could never, would never, live without that,” etc. Well, we already have learned to live without tons of things, so we came up with the idea of trying one low-impact day a week. It began on Sunday for us.
This meant we would not use electricity unless necessary (kids’ night lights would be okay), so we wouldn’t be using chargers, the dishwasher, and or laundry machines. We wouldn’t use our car either, so we’d only go places we could bike, walk or travel to by trolley. We would, of course, eat at home and be super conscious about trash.
So last Sunday was our first low-impact Sunday, and it went pretty much like any Sunday except we didn’t go anywhere by car. Instead, we biked to the nearest park 20 minutes away. Bella understood about our special day and was super excited, saying she wanted to be outside as much as possible and wanted to plant something in our garden. She also suggested she could use a smaller light in her room to help. We harvested some of our potatoes and ate them for lunch.
We barbecued lunch and then hand washed the dishes together. When it got dark, we lit candles all around the house (safe distance from Noah) and cuddled and played. Once our kids were asleep, James and I played games — something we have not done for years.
I will say that our first low-impact day was easy, and I’m looking forward to seeing whether we can figure out more things we really can live without. The one idea we came up with was not to use our phones all day. It was so nice to have a day with no interruptions from text or calls. It was all about play, biking and hiking and making our home and garden even nicer.