The purpose of this post is to inform the readers with ways of how to reduce your environmental impact, while living a healthy and normal life at the same time.
I watched the movie No Impact Man, which in my opinion was actually really inspiring and astonishing, how this couple decided to change their life so radically in order not to burden the environment. As seen in the movie, they started gradually reducing all of their consumption, garbage disposal, using means of transportation and at the end they cut off even their electricity. The reason for this was to stop any kind of energy consumption that would lead to fuel gas emission as well as garbage disposal. Moreover, the movie was trying to show that even by cutting off your everyday habits which can be harmful to the environment, and even if you decline from some of the precious goods available in the market, you can still have a good life and most importantly without troubling the nature.
During this semester we discussed about many issues concerning environmentalists which apply with most of the things that this movie was about. To begin with one of the issues that this documentary brought up was about sustainability and the EF, how can we live our lives in order for the earth to sustain human presence. As we discussed during class ours overpopulation is one serious issue and in combination with the fact that we are not living based simply on what we need, but we have developed the mentality of the consumer and the more we get the more we think we need at the end of the day. Our daily lives are mostly described by abundance, everything in bigger quantities that earth can provide for us. So according to what we said up to now and what was discussed in the movie, in order not to have any environmental impact at all we will have to modify our daily schedule in order to consume only what we need, not produce any waste, recycle, stop using electricity etc. I don’t think that anyone can imagine their lives without warm water, electricity and what we consider basics for a normal life. However, a good point in the movie was that its true you can’t easily keep up with all these changes out of the blue, but what you can do is you can try and find alternative ways to replace what you had, as he replaced for example electricity with solar energy, which of course was not as efficient but provided them with enough to work on the computer for example. Furthermore, another issue brought up was the importance of the trees for the environment and for all the living things for the simple fact that they absorb carbon dioxide the substance responsible for the greenhouse effects, as well as they produce oxygen which is vital for our existence.
In my opinion, this movie is of great value and it can show what changes you can do in order to reduce your Ecological footprint, and live a more environmental aware life. I’m pretty sure that most people can’t even imagine how would their lifestyle be with all these restrictions, but as stated in the movie, most of them aren’t aware even about the impact they cause on nature. I think that Colin Beavan’s project was really innovative and moving and indeed and I believe that it already has motivated some people into living a more sustainable way of life than they used to, or make others more environmentally aware. I really enjoyed this movie and maybe it helped me change my lifestyle towards better.