Yesterday I watched the No Impact Man Documentary. It was an interesting look at what a family would have to go through to really let go of everything that’s familiar and do what’s right for the environment.
It’s about a family husband, wife and young daughter who go completely all out in New York City. They started to use bicycles, shut off their power, bought and ate only locally grown food, composted, got rid of TV, didn’t buy anything new, etc.
By watching you could see how difficult it was for them to give up much of these things. But as it continues you begin seeing how they benefit from all of the changes…
They start spending more time together, having fun doing simple things, they go outside more, become healthier, support the local farmers and cause nearly zero waste.
What I learned from the film is that we cannot do everything because it can be too extreme for ourselves and everyone around us. Especially in an NYC apartment. But we can do what we can, and we should do more little by little.
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Long ago I’d realized that you shouldn’t let everything go that modern times provide. The “good old days” did have some good to them but sadly, this was offset by a lot of bad. Lately I’m seeing too much extremism in both directions and I hope that I’m settling somewhere in the middle. No need to live in 4500 square feet, that’s just too much, even for a family of 6. On the other hand, no need to live in a packing crate either. But hey, to each their own I suppose.
I watched a documentary on the Amish last night as well… That was really interesting as I didn’t know enough about their culture/values before. The way they do not allow modern technology/innovations corrupt their way of life. But many of them will still use technology to a certain extent. Maybe I’ll do a review on that one as well.
They are known to go to an outsider neighbor to use the telephone when needed. Also accept rides in cars and use public transportation. Also Texas Country Reporter did a story on an Amish family who did a timber frame rebuild on a Galveston beach house after a recent hurricane. Don’t recall that he went into how they got themselves to that location to do the work and they did use power tools. Go Figure.
And hey, ya gotta love Bob, If he finds it in Texas, he’ll stop and tell you about it.
Have you read the book yet? It’s really incredible. I haven’t seen the documentary yet. But it’s on my list. 🙂