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The Book: No Impact Man

2010-2011 Common Experience


The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts
to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes
about Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

by Colin Beavan

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What does it really take to live eco-effectively?

For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile — and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.


Critical Praise:

"The No Impact Experiment changed Colin Beavan and reading No Impact Man will change you." — Annie Leonard, creator of "The Story of Stuff"

"Far from being a movement of self-denial and stern lectures about having too much fun, the 'no impact' mind-set is actually about increasing fulfillment and happiness by asking us to think about what makes us truly happy and what's really important in our lives." — Arianna Huffington

"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

"Profound… Beavan's project has significant emotional and ecological heft. No Impact Man works, most of all, because Beavan is intelligent, funny, provocative, and, above all, honest." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

"There's something inspiring about a smart, committed person coming to an elegantly simple conclusion." — Los Angeles Times

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