I found “No Impact Man” to be an incredibly interesting movie to watch. What the family went through for 12 months is a lot to ask of any human being accustomed to living the way that we live today, especially in a fast city like New York. While I respect other peoples decisions to pursue a less impactful lifestyle I could not see myself relinquishing any of the niceties I am accustomed to. My family and I do what we are willing to with in reason, but it absolutely is not without conscious decision. My husband and I were not raised by environmentally conscious families. Attempting to make less of a contribution to the state of our planet is something entirely new, and inspired by our daughter. In our home we recycle, do not leave lights on when we are not in the room. We try not to run heating or air whenever possible, but in Florida that window of opportunity is quite small. We also, re-use plastic bags rather than throwing them away from the grocery store. We also try not to drive as much as possible. If we need to go into town for something we make sure to go into town to do everything at once rather than the constant running back and forth.
If there was one thing I could sit here and say I would like to do it would be grow fresh fruits and vegetables. We have tried in the past, I just don’t have the time or ability to keep them alive. We have only been successful with our orange tree, and grapefruit tree.
So I found this website that anyone can go to calculate their carbon footprint either as individuals, or as a household. My results are below. In my household we are above average according to this site, but that is because I travel 3,00 miles per month to school and back. If it weren’t for that we would be scored below average.