The film No Impact Man was entertaining and empowering, I hope the other students who viewed the film were inspired as well. It reminded me of many of the things I try to do, as well as many new things I should be doing, to make as little impact on the planet as possible.
Being a vegetarian is a positive because the meat industry is responsible for a large amount of the degradation of the environment in many different forms. Not supporting the meat industry, especially organizations such as fast food companies, is certainly a positive direction in cutting down on the degradation of the planet. I have also decided to start growing some vegetables in my back yard because of this film, although honestly this is largely just because it sounds so fun.
I buy all of my clothes used, usually at Goodwill, or when I lived in Seattle, Value Village. I have pants that cost me 99 cents. If we all bought more used clothes, there would be less clothes being made and less resources and energy wasted. Not to mention, vintage/tattered/nostalgic vibes are cool right now anyway, so you wont even seem out of place if your clothes are a little aged. But if you think about how people are being born and dying every day, but we just keep making more clothes, we are just pumping out extra clothes without planning on using the stuff that already exists! So in the interest of slowing down on the production of excess clothing, why not stop by a thrift store?
In regards to both the vegetarian and used clothes suggestion, you don’t need to take them with full force right away. If they sound cool, why not try being a vegetarian every other meal, or buying half your clothes from a thrift store. Boom. If everyone did that it would be like half of us were badass eco-humans.
Another way to easily cut down on your negative effect on the environment is to start biking. And carpooling. Basically just avoid sitting in a car solo actually, because if you are with people then you are being semi efficient. This idea ties into the concept proposed by the film, which is one of the best things someone could do for the environment and themselves was join a community organization, as this would open up all kinds of opportunities for this person. Meeting people and forming bonds with fellow earth-humans is a major step in adapting to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Eric De Barros