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No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes Abo

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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.
Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and Americas First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and he posts regularly at www.noimpactman.com. He lives in New York City.
When the guilt about his high-impact lifestyle finally got to Colin Beavan, he swore off plastic, went organic, became a bicycle fanatic, turned off his power, and devoted himself to saving the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe. The liberal New Yorker dragged his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride. And thats just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one mans decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year—while still living in New York City—to see if its possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . .

What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more “eco-effective” and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.

To bolster the No Impact Man reading, Colin's No Impact Project will work with your University to coordinate an experiential learning program called the No Impact Experiment. Colin's team will customize this free program for your students. This is a tremendous value-add to the students' classroom work; in addition to making the book come alive outside the classroom, it will also serve as an introductory to your schools' green practices and resources. This week-long carbon cleanse gives readers a chance to see what no-impact living is like. Visit noimpactproject.org/experiment to find out how it works and contact Stephanie for more details.

"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

No Impact Man would be a beneficial text for first-year or transfer students as part of a common reading program. Selected books should be an appropriate reading level for first-year students and of reasonable length . . . At 274 pages, the text is far from daunting. While it deals with environmental issues, Beavans book should not be considered solely as a proselyte text. Rather, the authors wit and personal anecdotes serve to entertain readers and engage them into its larger purpose in terms of questioning their view of civic duty and personal responsibility. The criteria for selecting a book for a common reading program may include the following relevant themes for first-year students: connecting to the university community, persisting, overcoming obstacles, dealing with change (new people and places), acknowledging and dealing with different points of view, setting and achieving goals, and providing inspirational messages . . . No Impact Man not only meets all of these criteria, but it effectively holds readers interest and sparks discussions on many diverse topics, from the environment to economic conditions to personal wellness . . . No Impact Man provides plenty of content for discussions and inspiration to help first-year students progress towards these goals of a common reading program . . . Rich in polemic content, No Impact Man is a great tool to spark discussion and help first-year students develop intellectual competence by exercising their critical thinking skills. The book brings into focus many of the current national and global environmental dilemmas, economic concerns, and moral issues lending students plenty of opportunities for the ‘practice of academic freedom and the potential of open debate . . . Plenty of discussion topics arising from this text allow students to examine dual or contrasting viewpoints on current affairs. This lends to opportunities for discussion, writing exercises, and research, if desired . . . In addition to academia, university life includes being ‘informed about current events (Liljequist & Stone, 2009, p. 100). As first-year students transition into the adult world, Beavans text can help them to become aware of contemporary issues that are part of the ‘post-high school world. Students will likely not be overwhelmed by the exposure to current events as Beavans discussion on environmental concerns is buffered by the simplicity of his writing style and language, which is conversational and exoteric. The increased awareness will help students to make informed decisions concerning the environment, personal health, and economy . . . Beavans text also inspires individuals to consider leadership roles within their community . . . This message is in keeping with the goals of a common reading program, which fosters interaction and involvement in campus and community activities. Beavans lifestyle experiment and the lessons he learned from his ‘year of inquiry (p. 15) can inspire first-year college students as they endeavor to shape their identity . . . Besides being able to relate to Beavans experiences in terms of examining ones identity, first-year students may also discuss ways in which the author overcomes his insecurities . . . Gaining an increased awareness of environmental and social issues will help first-year students to begin the journey to developing multicultural awareness. Beavans book talks about not only national issues, but global implications of individuals actions. He stresses the significance of shifting ones thinking from self to a collective experience . . . No Impact Man provides an opportunity for discussing how the first-year students can deal with their increased personal responsibilities and be mindful of their actions which could impact the welfare of citizens in their greater community . . . As a common reader, Beavans text has the potential for providing plenty of relevant material for discussion and program-related activities . . . Entertaining and informative, No Impact man can offer first-year students a fresh perspective on their roles and responsibilities in the new community.”—Samvedna Dean, Managing Editor, The Journal of College Orientation and Transition

“Beavan pose[s] some serious questions: What can each of us do to improve the environment? How hard is it to change your lifestyle so that it's more sustainable over the long haul? To make a difference, do lifestyle changes have to be drastic? . . . In point of fact, a household can make changes that have a big planetary payoff without affecting the lifestyle at all . . . The plot line to this story is energy use and its connection to global warming.”—Katherine Salant, The Washington Post

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

"There's much honest soul-searching in No Impact Man, along with Buddhist wisdom and humor and oodles of grim statistics about consumption and waste. Neither a scold nor a bore, this reluctant zealot wants to live deliberately, to find 'some sort of middle path between the self-indulgence of the unconscious consumer and the self-denial of the ascetic.' The path's not easy to find, but at least he's looking."—Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News

“Colin Beavan has the disarming and uniquely remedial ability to make you laugh while he's making you feel like a swine, and what's more, to make you not only want to, but to actually do something, about it.”—Norah Vincent, author of Voluntary Madness

“There's something of Thoreau in Colin Beavan's great project—but a fully engaged, connected, and right-this-minute helpful version. It's a moment when we need to have as little impact in our own lives as possible—and as much impact in our political lives as we can possibly muster. Beavan shows how!”—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"No Impact Man is a subversive book--not because it preaches a radical environmental agenda, but because it gives the secret to personal rebellion against the bitterness of a man's own compromises."—Arthur Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness 

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

“From their first baby steps (no takeout) to their giant leap (no toilet paper), the Beavans experiment in ecological responsibility was a daunting escapade in going green . . . So fervent as to make Al Gore look like a profligate wastrel, Beavans commitment to the cause is, nonetheless, infectiously inspiring and uproariously entertaining.”—Booklist

“With thorough research, Beavan updates his blog with convincing statistical evidence, while discovering new ways to reduce consumption and his familys environmental footprint . . . An inspiring, persuasive argument that individuals are not helpless in the battle against environmental degradation and global warming.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations . . . [Readers] will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles."—Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

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. Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and he posts regularly at www.noimpactman.com. He lives in New York City. When the guilt about his high-impact lifestyle finally got to Colin Beavan, he swore off plastic, went organic, became a bicycle fanatic, turned off his power, and devoted himself to saving the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe. The liberal New Yorker dragged his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride. And that's just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man's decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year--while still living in New York City--to see if it's possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . .

What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more eco-effective and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.

To bolster the No Impact Man reading, Colin's No Impact Project will work with your University to coordinate an experiential learning program called the No Impact Experiment. Colin's team will customize this free program for your students. This is a tremendous value-add to the students' classroom work; in addition to making the book come alive outside the classroom, it will also serve as an introductory to your schools' green practices and resources. This week-long carbon cleanse gives readers a chance to see what no-impact living is like. Visit noimpactproject.org/experiment to find out how it works and contact Stephanie for more details. 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

No Impact Man would be a beneficial text for first-year or transfer students as part of a common reading program. Selected books should be an appropriate reading level for first-year students and of reasonable length . . . At 274 pages, the text is far from daunting. While it deals with environmental issues, Beavan's book should not be considered solely as a proselyte text. Rather, the author's wit and personal anecdotes serve to entertain readers and engage them into its larger purpose in terms of questioning their view of civic duty and personal responsibility. The criteria for selecting a book for a common reading program may include the following relevant themes for first-year students: connecting to the university community, persisting, overcoming obstacles, dealing with change (new people and places), acknowledging and dealing with different points of view, setting and achieving goals, and providing inspirational messages . . . No Impact Man not only meets all of these criteria, but it effectively holds readers' interest and sparks discussions on many diverse topics, from the environment to economic conditions to personal wellness . . . No Impact Man provides plenty of content for discussions and inspiration to help first-year students progress towards these goals of a common reading program . . . Rich in polemic content, No Impact Man is a great tool to spark discussion and help first-year students develop intellectual competence by exercising their critical thinking skills. The book brings into focus many of the current national and global environmental dilemmas, economic concerns, and moral issues lending students plenty of opportunities for the 'practice of academic freedom and the potential of open debate' . . . Plenty of discussion topics arising from this text allow students to examine dual or contrasting viewpoints on current affairs. This lends to opportunities for discussion, writing exercises, and research, if desired . . . In addition to academia, university life includes being 'informed about current events' (Liljequist & Stone, 2009, p. 100). As first-year students transition into the adult world, Beavan's text can help them to become aware of contemporary issues that are part of the 'post-high school' world. Students will likely not be overwhelmed by the exposure to current events as Beavan's discussion on environmental concerns is buffered by the simplicity of his writing style and language, which is conversational and exoteric. The increased awa

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and Americas First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429836
Author:
Beavan, Colin
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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. Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and he posts regularly at www.noimpactman.com. He lives in New York City. When the guilt about his high-impact lifestyle finally got to Colin Beavan, he swore off plastic, went organic, became a bicycle fanatic, turned off his power, and devoted himself to saving the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe. The liberal New Yorker dragged his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride. And that's just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man's decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year--while still living in New York City--to see if it's possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . .

What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more eco-effective and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.

To bolster the No Impact Man reading, Colin's No Impact Project will work with your University to coordinate an experiential learning program called the No Impact Experiment. Colin's team will customize this free program for your students. This is a tremendous value-add to the students' classroom work; in addition to making the book come alive outside the classroom, it will also serve as an introductory to your schools' green practices and resources. This week-long carbon cleanse gives readers a chance to see what no-impact living is like. Visit noimpactproject.org/experiment to find out how it works and contact Stephanie for more details. 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

No Impact Man would be a beneficial text for first-year or transfer students as part of a common reading program. Selected books should be an appropriate reading level for first-year students and of reasonable length . . . At 274 pages, the text is far from daunting. While it deals with environmental issues, Beavan's book should not be considered solely as a proselyte text. Rather, the author's wit and personal anecdotes serve to entertain readers and engage them into its larger purpose in terms of questioning their view of civic duty and personal responsibility. The criteria for selecting a book for a common reading program may include the following relevant themes for first-year students: connecting to the university community, persisting, overcoming obstacles, dealing with change (new people and places), acknowledging and dealing with different points of view, setting and achieving goals, and providing inspirational messages . . . No Impact Man not only meets all of these criteria, but it effectively holds readers' interest and sparks discussions on many diverse topics, from the environment to economic conditions to personal wellness . . . No Impact Man provides plenty of content for discussions and inspiration to help first-year students progress towards these goals of a common reading program . . . Rich in polemic content, No Impact Man is a great tool to spark discussion and help first-year students develop intellectual competence by exercising their critical thinking skills. The book brings into focus many of the current national and global environmental dilemmas, economic concerns, and moral issues lending students plenty of opportunities for the 'practice of academic freedom and the potential of open debate' . . . Plenty of discussion topics arising from this text allow students to examine dual or contrasting viewpoints on current affairs. This lends to opportunities for discussion, writing exercises, and research, if desired . . . In addition to academia, university life includes being 'informed about current events' (Liljequist & Stone, 2009, p. 100). As first-year students transition into the adult world, Beavan's text can help them to become aware of contemporary issues that are part of the 'post-high school' world. Students will likely not be overwhelmed by the exposure to current events as Beavan's discussion on environmental concerns is buffered by the simplicity of his writing style and language, which is conversational and exoteric. The increased awa

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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.
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