I found the 2009 documentary, No Impact Man, to be super interesting. These are my random thoughts/responses to the film.

Would I try it? Nope! But besides that, the “no impact goal” is complete sustainable living. The whole time it was going on, I kept thinking about the couple’s daughter. Does she just go along with the whole thing? She never seemed to ask why their home was different than her friends’, or complain about it. I know if i was her, I would be complaining constantly about eating the same seasonal natural foods. I would have thought they were boring and would ask why I couldn’t eat the foods that my friends eat.

I thought some of the things  that he tried were just really ridiculous; for example, the “pot in the pot” cooling system. He was setting it up and I was thinking, “What is he thinking? Is he being serious? Does he really think this is going to work?” And then he was surprised when it didn’t work at all. There is a reason that people have refrigerators.

However, no impact man inspired me to recycle everything and see in which ways I could reuse things, as opposed to just throwing them away and buying something else. There is no need to feed the system when I can reuse things I already have. I also related to his worm garden. I dont have a worm garden, but I do keep a compost heap outside in my backyard at home. Between recycling and throwing my organic scraps outside, I throw almost nothing away.

In conclusion, I always try to live my life efficiently, and green, but I have to draw a line because we live in a modern world. It was cool to see the no impact man and his family try to live sustainably. And I think he showed his viewers what’s really going on the world, and how wasteful people really are.  He inspired the viewers to really change their way of life, think about green living differently, and to be more aware.



5 responses »

  1. I feel like the daughter wasn’t at the age to where she could completely comprehend what was going on. I’m sure she thought it was exciting at first because she new something different was going on around the house. However, with any film you see especially with a documentary there is going to be a lot of editing. They only showed the daughter when she was happy so I’m sure there were moments when she did not want to eat MORE vegatables for dinner. The other thing that bothered me about the film was that they never mentioned anything about the dog. They never said what they feed the dog considering they couldn’t buy canned or bagged food. Maybe the dog was an exception, or the dog ate the leftovers? I wanted to know more about that.

    • I agree with that.
      The daughter was young and i’m sure she was happy or excited whenever her father showed her something new. But you could tell there was a lot of tension between him and his wife, so not everything was easily discussed and went over well.
      The daughter is also too young to full understand (as you have stated)
      she’s young and for all she knew, it was just a phase that her family was going through.

      And its a good point that you mention the dog. I’m curious about that too.


  2. Danielle Burke says:

    I think it’s interesting that you brought the daughter up because I was constantly wondering how growing up in that household would be like for her. Although I agree that she was a bit too young at this age to really realize that her family functioned drastically different from others I wonder what it would be like for her when she gets a little older if the family keeps living in this lifestyle. Once she enters school will there be a little bit of a gap between her and the other children because she won’t understand some of the cultural aspects the other kids will be discussing that are staples in most families. Not to say at ALL that the poor little girls childhood is being ruined by not spending hours in front of the television, and that she’ll be completely alienated for not knowing what Dora the Explorer was on that day, but when little kids are at such an impressionable age, it would be interesting to see if that would cause any conflict.

  3. Looks like everyone else wanted to comment on the daughter too! I would just like to add that your preconceived notions of boredom or repetition were actually conditioned into you because of the way you were raised. Had you lived their life at that age, not knowing anything else, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have minded either. It’s hard to think that world could be any different from what we expect, but in the end, its all contextual.


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