No Impact Man definitely stirred me up. I admire people who can really change their lifestyle for the sake of the earth, especially in a city such as New York City. To summarize my feelings throughout the deocumentary, I sided with the husband at first, viewing his wife as someone who only wanted to give up; she was unsupportive in her attitude, and selfish. As time went on, I sided with the wife as the husband was selfish in not wanting a second child. 

I feel like the documentary soon became more about the characters of this event, rather than the project of living a sustainable lifestyle. In a way, though they are tied together, because the project changed their character and attitude towards life. I cannot deny I felt inspired to do the same as they did, and was quite upset at how people treated them and spoke of them. Then again, I am not surprised; people will always be opposed to great change, and will spit upon others in the name of their comfort. 

Has the documentary moved me enough to actually change? Not yet. As a college student it is quite difficult to start changing now, especially with roommates. It would probably be wise to work on changing things together since we live together. I do not believe that changing is impossible, but improbable at the moment; my mind is too focused on school and all the work I need to get done, that I have little time even for myself. I would, however, really like to change things once I get a smoother schedule. In the meantime I do try to maintain certain changes to benefit the earth.

Plastic: I do try to not use plastic bottles, in fact I do not remember the last time I ever used plastic bottles. I usually drink water from a cup or at a fountain. I really wish there was something I could do to minimize buying groceries and products that are not wrapped in plastic or contained in plastic. I almost feel hopeless when I go shopping because everything, literally every single item has some plastic material with it. 

Water: I try minimizing my water usage, but I tend to slack on that. 

Electricity: I have become mindful of all the lights my roommates and I use, so I usually switch things off when no one is using them. 

Transportation: eh…yea I still drive. I do not see that changig any time soon. I carry and need many different supplies, canvases, carry-boxes of paints and materials, books and books and library books, etc. I have so many things in my car that I use wherever I go, whether it be school, my apartment, or to a friend’s house. I could bike, but how would I carry what I need to school? What if I forgot something at home? or what if late at night I’m working at the school labs and do not have what I need? So, unfortunately, I need the car. Besides, I had two bikes stolen already with good locks I assure you! 😦

Food: I am definitely trying to eat as organic as possible, but many times I doubt certain foods are actually organic. I like to read the ingredient list behind products and sometimes I find certain “organic” foods have natural flavors and other synonyms for MSGs. Then there’s the issue of food transportation, and all the fuel it requires. I have been thinking of going to the farmer’s market quite a lot and next semester I will definitely be starting that change. Anyways, organic food is definitely better; the other day I baked organic chocolate chip cookies, and they were awesome!

Garbage: Sigh…what do I do with all the plastics wrappings and containers? I feel like the only option I really have is to just let it be taken away to a landfill. 

Sorry this was so long, but I got out all I needed to say. 

 

-Sean Cruz

 

 

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  1. Danielle Burke says:

    I definitely agree that the documentary got way too involved in the characters personal lives to stay focused on the main goal at times. For example, I understand that the wife wanting a second child was important during that year of their life, I don’t really see why we had to hear so much about it, when we were simply trying to watch a documentary about intelligent and sustainable living. It was just irrelevant to say the least. I also found the relationship between the husband and wife bothersome, and in the way of the true meaning of the documentary. The wife not being fully on board, didn’t really bother me, as I saw it as the husband forcing her to make the change, not her willingly doing so. I just had a problem with him in general holding the entire project over her head with a superior attitude.

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