By Fredrica Syren
No Impact Man is an American documentary about New Yorker Colin Beaver who, along with his wife and their daughter, took a pledge for one year to have suitable zero impact on the environment.
For them, that meant taking the stairs instead of elevators, walking or biking instead of riding subways and cabs, eating vegetarian and buying only local food at the farmers’ market, not ordering take-out food or visiting restaurants, not watching TV or using electricity, not producing garbage, etc. Colin started a blog about their adventure which became a national media sensation, and that’s how I heard about them. I followed their blog 6 months into their pledge and loved reading about them.
The move depicts the struggle, and the ups and downs of the experiment. Colin seems very committed, but his wife struggles more at the beginning since she was a self-proclaimed shopaholic who loved Starbucks. At the end, Colin said the goal was to see what they could change and what would not work.
I loved the movie because it’s hard to live with zero impact. But it would be even harder, I would assume, to do this in New York with a small child. It made me think that if they could do it to that extreme, then we can do a fraction of it at least. The movie is fun, serious and informative all in one. I highly recommend seeing it.