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No Impact Man

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Rachel Cohen

on 27 February 2013

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"No Impact Man" No Impact Man By: Colin Beavan Some of Colin Beavan's Websites:
-www.colinbeaven.com The Author and his Immersion Project Rules, Guidelines, Boundaries Getting in touch with people who are living his lifestyle
Gentlemen in the park with the garden
Proving all skeptics wrong
Traveling to see family members
Spending more time with the ones he loves such as
his mother, daughter and wife
Doing the laundry in the shower
His daughter and his wife joined in and it was a good family bonding experience
Having no refrigerator
No electricity
The Beaven family used beeswax candles at night for lighting
Being on numerous television shows
Good Morning America and local shows in NYC Memorable Moments Eyn Phillips, Paige Gulley, Rachel Cohen, Brandon Wensley Prezi By: Kiersten Perkins, Kelly Lindley, What topics were researched
and how are they researched? Colin Beavan does a great deal of research. He is always trying to find the next best way to minimize his carbon footprint and save the planet. "No Impact Man" Official Trailer
2:30 Colin Beavan and his immersion project took a lot of hard work and dedication. Overall his immersion project was to research and find ways in which he, his wife; Michelle, his three-year old daughter; Isabella and finally his dog could make it virtually no net impact on the environment while living in an apartment on ninth floor in New York City. Beavan wanted to decrease the negative impacts with positive impacts. His plan was to do this for one year. With this immersion he also had three stages on being the "No Imact Man".

Stage 1: Living without making waste or garbage (i.e. no disposable products, no plastic packaging, etc.)

Stage 2: Eating environmentally friendly food from only 250 miles away.

Stage 3: Reducing consumptions to only the necessities. Successes of Immersion Positives:

Immersing himself and his family into an idea of living that is un-natural to the modern world and finishing the immersion.

Keeping a blog over the experiences and learnings he gained or lost to show to the whole world.

Health! He ended up losing weight and helped reduce his wife's pre-diabetic health risks because of the immersion. Michelle struggles with it at the beginning, but she was very supportive throughout the immersion.

Work or gaining popularity. Colin was very successful at this. The whole world wanted to know about how he was doing all year round. Many TV shows; 60 Minutes, Today Show, Time Magazine, and even The Colbert Report wanted to interview him.

Relationships and Family communication. All together in this immersion they grew stronger and closer as a family due to the fact of the change in the families lifestyle. They also had much more free time to be with each other and friends. Failures of Immersion Negatives:

On the very first day of the immersion, he uses a paper towel to blow his nose. Other little "mess up's" Colin did can be like going to the store and having to use plastic bags for his groceries. Also without realizing Colin and his family use the elevator down nine floors of their apartment. And finally his wife bought a newspaper; Colin told Michelle to take it back.

Not fully following the rules of the immersion. An example could be that Colin has to travel to his mother's house for a holiday visit by plane. But as we noticed this is the only really time he does this.

Family health; because of not using hospital and medications. Colin placed his wife and his daughter at very high risk for illness.

Media; when wanting to move on to the next step of his immersion people kept wanting to call and interview Colin. This happened once he wanted to turn off his electricity about three months into the immersion. Which in the long run all of this caused Colin and the family much stress. Biography of Author Colin Beavan is an American non-fiction writer and internet blogger. He has a wonderful family of his wife; Michelle, and a three-year old daughter; Isabella (let's not forget the dog too) that live in NYC.
Colin also uses a Facebook account to update his progress with other little projects.
In May 2012, Beavan announced he would run for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York's 8th congressional district, running as the nominee of the Green Party. Beavan lost the general election to Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the New York State Assembly.

Colin's other works he has done:

Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War (2006)
Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science (2001) What does the author learn about his topic and about himself during the process? Colin researches what causes the largest amount of harm to the world and animals. Resulting articles he finds are about climate change, animal abuse, and the Go Green Movement. These bits of research cause Colin to visit a cow farm to make sure that what the package on his food says is true. His finds are better than expected. Colin finds that 40% of trash is some form of packaging for an item. How to find your carbon footprint? The definition of a carbon footprint is an equation of your personal impact on global warming. To figure our own carbon footprints we have a website we would like YOU; the class to do! But first we will show you a little video about carbon footprints!

http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc/pages/default.aspx http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/index.htm Ways to reduce OUR carbon footprint and help the environment 1. Recycle
2. Turn off lights
3. Eat locally; possibly organic
4. Drive efficiently
5. Unplug appliances when not using
6. Use cold water and conserve hot water
7. Use energy efficient lightbulbs
8. Buy less bottled water
9. Wash full loads of clothes; not little loads
10. With recycling; also reduce and reuse things Our Results to OUR Carbon Footprints Eyn: 20 tons of CO2 per year
Kelly: 32 tons of CO2 per year
Rachel: 26 tons of CO2 per year
Brandon: 17 tons of CO2 per year
Kiersten: 37 tons of CO2 per year
Paige: 22 tons of CO2 per year

US average per person: 27 tons of CO2 NOW WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINTS? The author set many rules and guidelines for himself and his family to ensure that the project would be as successful as he could make it. In order to make no garbage, he doesn't use disposable products, or anything that came in packaging. Now he has to use cloth instead of paper towels or even diapers. He also had to use mason jars to keep food in if he ordered take out or go get coffee. In order to cause no carbon dioxide emission he didn't use public transportation; instead he walked, took the stairs, or rode his bike. When it came to eating, he and his family had to eat food that was grown locally from 250 miles away and was not exposed to chemicals as much through the soil and animals. Finally, once he gave up electricity, TV, air conditioning, and elevator riding everything was all good for Colin's family and they were finally a "No Impact" family. By the end of this experience, Colin Beavan and his family learned something unforeseen: not only was living simply good for the environment, but it made them happier, healthier, and richer in forms that they never would have predicted from the beginning of the project. A few things that Colin emphasized concluding the immersion were that he had: More time
"Replacing time wasters like shopping and watching t.v. created more time for the things I truly care about." Better Health
"In six months, my wife lowered her blood pressure, lost weight, and even cured her pre-diabetes. Her secret? Living simply." More Fun
"Before the No Impact Man experiment, my family and I had been looking for fun in all the wrong places. Challenging ourselves to edit our lives helped us discover the fun in everyday activities." Clever Conscience
"Wasting doesn't feel good. When you throw something away-no matter how small- You can't help feeling a tingle of regret." More money
"I discovered that what's good for the Earth was also good for my wallet. Using natural resources costs money."
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