Screening of the new film: No Impact Man

7:30pm, 4th October, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Come and see this incredible documentary about one man and his family trying to live without making any environmental impact right bang in the centre of New York City. Colin Beaven is the No Impact Man and this documentary tells the story of Colin’s experiment with researching, developing and adopting a way of life for him and his family. To do this, he aimed to decrease the many things that we all do that hurt the earth—make trash, cause carbon dioxide emissions, for example—and increase the things we do that help the earth—clean up the banks of the Hudson River, give money to charity, rescue sea birds, work in the local community, volunteer, eat and support local farmers markets, etc.

During the experiment Colin wrote a blog - - which described the various elements of his no impact life including turning off the electricity for the first time, eating by candlelight, riding his now infamous rickshaw around New York city and generally becoming a more enlightened and community grounded person.

Please come and join us for a community evening to watch the film and discuss how we can all do our little bit in reducing our impact on the environment.

About the documentary

Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for one complete year (2007).

It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, buses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.

No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.

Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

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