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

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5 responses »

  1. Matthew Decker says:

    I concur with Eric on this one. Even if you don’t want to give up eating meat, but you feel that you cant keep supporting such an unsustainable system you can give being a weekday vegetarian a try. This also lets you plan out what meat you do eat more efficiently, and also makes it a bit easier to take the time to get sustainably caught seafood, cage free chicken or grass fed, pasture raised cow. Something else to also try is for one week see how much of your food you can get that comes from local sources. In Sarasota its actually pretty easy with the Saturday morning farmers market downtown, as well as through Jessica’s organic farm which is at 4180 47th St, its about a 15 minute drive from RIngling and they are open pretty much all day Friday and Saturday.

  2. Tim L. says:

    I think fast food is horrible, so I definitely agree that buying fresh organic foods is the way to go, but it’s just not possible for a lot of families. I recently watched a documentary called Food Inc. In it they introduced a hispanic family of 4. The father was a truck driver making minimum wage who also had diabetes. His medicines cost a fortune compared to the paltry sum he made as a truck driver, so the family pretty much lives on fast food….because it’s cheap and it’s all they can afford. Not because they were ignorant or didn’t know it was bad, it was just simply because they couldn’t afford to be healthy. The documentary followed the family into a grocery store and showed how it was more expensive to buy a pound of broccoli than it was to just go to BK and get some Whoppers.

    It’s a sad cycle. They eat fast food because it’s all they can afford, and it’s all they can afford in part due to their fathers need of medicine for diabetes, a condition the whole family could potentially develop if they continue to eat unhealthy fast food.

    I’m really not sure how to solve such a problem. The bottom 99% are being crushed not only from a financial standpoint but also from a health standpoint compounded by the financial end of it. So many people supporting so few at the risk of their own well-being.

  3. It is a sad cycle but one thing that is hopeful is that many Farmer’s Markets will accept Food Stamps. This should allow lower income people access to healthier, more nutritious foods. Now….if we can just modify our taste buds to want to eat healthier.
    -Karla

  4. Maggie Lee says:

    I can definitely agree with you about shopping at thrift stores! A huge percentage of my clothes and almost all of my accessories and shoes come from various thrift stores or are handmade. I have always grown up with used clothes, hand me downs, and family trips to the good will/resale shop, and there is nothing wrong with it! Even as you mentioned, it is beginning to be “cool” to wear used or vintage stuff. Stop feeding the system! Wear used clothes. Buy used stuff. I can’t understand the popular obsession of buying new stuff.

  5. James Mitchell says:

    Bike riding and Carpooling are some of the best things one can do to reduce their carbon footprint. When one chooses to walk or ride a bike over driving an automobile they are choosing not to expel hydrocarbons, Nitrogen oxides, Carbon monoxide, and Carbon dioxide, as well as many other pollutants. Obviously the automobile has grown to become fairly necessary in today’s world, but the fact is that in the US alone the combustion of fossil fuels through the use of automobiles accounts for 11.7 tons of Carbon Dioxide annually. I think that we as a species need to really consider this each time we reach for our car keys. Not to mention with America being the most over weight nation in the world, less cars and more bikes could only do good things for our weight problem 😉

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