No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process Hardcover – 8 Sep 2009
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From their first baby steps (no takeout) to their giant leap (no toilet paper), the Beavan s' experiment in ecological responsibility was a daunting escapade in going green . . . So fervent as to make Al Gore look like a profligate wastrel, Beavan's commitment to the cause is, nonetheless, infectiously inspiring and uproariously entertaining (BOOKLIST 'With thorough research, Beavan updates his blog (noimpactman.com) with convincing statistical evidence, while discovering new ways to reduce consumption and his family's environmental footprint . . . An inspiring, persuasive argument that indivi)
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 ('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)
Marion Nestle, author of WHAT TO EAT ('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') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The extraordinary story of one man's attempt to live in New York City (with his wife and young daughter) without leaving any net impact on the environment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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One drawback I would like to mention is that the book still doesn't go in enough detail for me. At the beginning of the appendices, there are about 15 links to blog posts you can read for more info. I fail to understand why these weren't included in the book, considering it is actually a much shorter book than you'd think. An entire 15% of the book consists of appendices, references and acknowledgements. A further 25% of the book is an index, which incomprehensibly is placed at the back and is a bit pointless in a Kindle version (you can just use the X-Ray function). My copy cost £4.99 from Amazon.co.uk. I normally make a point of never buying an e-book for more than £4 so I put it on my wishlist and waited. And waited. And ran out of patience, which sadly is not one of my virtues, and bought it anyway. The book was listed as having 282 pages, but as you will only really read about 60% of those, I effectively paid nearly £5 for roughly 170 pages.
I still think the book is worth it, and I will probably open the Kindle app on my Mac and check out all those blog post links, but I just wanted to make any potential buyers aware of the above.
I was particularly interested in what he discovered about the economy (and ecology) of time - how doing without lots of 'time-saving' stuff actually gave him and his family more time to spend together.
I'll watch the film now too.
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Great read, funny and intellectual. Great for ideas and perspective, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys living on planet earth.Published 18 months ago by jessica hooper