No Impact Man (2009)
In the 2009 documentary, No Impact Man, Colin Beavan and his family embark on a year long project to live with zero environmental impact. As an author, Colin launched the project in 2006 as research for a book, living for a year with, “No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.”
Personal opinion here, this is not the world’s most fast paced or entertaining documentary. But it is a real story of real people making real change. What I love about No Impact Man is the almost complete focus on what Colin and his family can do, rather than forcing others to change through political or other methods. Throughout the year are some profound triumphs of discovering how to live a better more fulfilling life and discovering what is truly important to them – maybe proof that less is more. It became a media sensation that now includes a movie, book, blog, web site, and the annual, “No Impact Week” program to introduce people to new concepts in sustainable living.
No Impact Project on the web.
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009), streaming instant on Netflix.
Reviewed on The Daily Green.