Sunday, April 18, 2010

No Impact Man

This film and book concerns a family that attempts to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. It is funny and thought provoking.
Watch the strained relationship the husband has with his reluctant (but intrepid and supportive) wife, who naturally feels hijacked by the project at times; in that sense, "No Impact Man" is as much about the sustainability of marriage as it is about the sustainability of environmental resources. The "green" conditions for the film, range from minor inconveniences like no television, no transportation beyond a bike and a scooter, and cloth diapers for their 2-year-old girl (sans washing machines) to serious hardships like no toilet paper, no electricity (meaning no refrigerated food), a diet of seasonal local produce and dairy only (meaning root vegetables in the winter—yum!), and no trash. That last goal requires them to keep a worm compost in their apartment, which creates its own set of problems!
Rent the DVD or read the book, both are in our collection!