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" I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Buy diovan online

Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man.  http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/  Beavan, buy diovan online along with his wife, buy diovan online their two-year-old daughter and dog, buy diovan online spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City.

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"It was an experiment. Buy diovan online So the idea in our experiment was to reduce our ecological impact as much as possible, buy diovan online which meant not using fossil fuel-powered electricity. Buy diovan online I mean, buy diovan online if our elevators were powered by wind turbines and solar panels, buy diovan online we would have had no problem, buy diovan online but, buy diovan online you know, buy diovan online they’re not. And the experiment, buy diovan online part of the experiment was to say, buy diovan online what that our culture provides us that has ecological impact do we actually need, buy diovan online because the real definition of “waste, buy diovan online” by my terms, buy diovan online is if we use resources that don’t even make us happy. So, buy diovan online for example, buy diovan online we, buy diovan online in New York, buy diovan online New Yorkers use taxicabs a lot and—or even subways. Buy diovan online And we didn’t use them. Buy diovan online Instead, buy diovan online what we did was we biked everywhere, buy diovan online and biked and walked and used a foot scooter. Buy diovan online And although it was an extreme, buy diovan online in terms of the fact that even when it was raining we biked, buy diovan online and even like this, buy diovan online what we discovered is that the alternative to mechanized transportation was that we got exercise; we got to see our neighbors, buy diovan online because we weren’t whizzing past them; we got to be part of the cityscape; and that actually some of the so-called conveniences that we have don’t necessarily always make our life better." "And this particular Christmas, buy diovan online we were with family, buy diovan online and what we did was we took a lot of her cousin’s old toys and wrapped them up, buy diovan online because we wanted to make sure she had as many toys to wrap up as they did. Buy diovan online

But what was really interesting—and research bears this out, buy diovan online in terms of what people really enjoy at Christmas—was that when it came time to open presents, buy diovan online she, buy diovan online you know, buy diovan online undid the wrapping paper for a while, buy diovan online but really what she wanted to do was sit on the piano bench and sing with her uncle. Buy diovan online And the research shows that this is true. Buy diovan online We tend to think of environmentalism as some sort of deprivation. Buy diovan online

But the fact of the matter is, buy diovan online is that this emphasis on stuff that we have at Christmas, buy diovan online research out of Kent University shows it doesn’t make us happier. What tends to make us happier at Christmas is time spent with our families. Buy diovan online So if we change the emphasis, buy diovan online we can be happier and save the planet at the same time." To read or watch more of the Democracy NOW interview with Colin go to: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/24/one_familys_daring_experiment_christmas_without More about Colin's family and what they're up to, buy diovan online which is really cool, buy diovan online go to:  http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/about_my_family.html