No Impact Man: Saving the Planet One Family at a Time

Author(s): Colin Beavan


In the growing debate over eco-friendly living, it seems that everything is as bad as everything else. Do you do more harm by living in the country or the city? Is it better to drive a thousand miles or take an airplane? In No Impact Man, Colin Beavan tells the extraordinary story of his attempt to find some answers - by living for one year in New York City (with his wife and young daughter) without leaving any net impact on the environment. His family cut out all driving and flying, used no air conditioning, no television, no toilets...They went from making a few concessions to becoming eco-extremists. The goal? To determine what works and what doesn't, and to fashion a truly 'eco-effective' way of life. Beavan's radical experiment makes for an unforgettable and humorous memoir in an attempt to answer perhaps the most important question of all: What is the sufficient individual effort that it would take to save the planet? And what is stopping us?


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'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, Beavan's 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 family's 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

'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

'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"

Colin Beavan is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, George and other international publications. His blog for the No Impact Man experiment is visited by thousands every day. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

General Fields

  • : 9780749953201
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Piatkus Books
  • : 0.212
  • : June 2011
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Colin Beavan
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 363.70525
  • : 288