Cytoxan In Us
One Familyâ€™s Daring Experiment: Christmas Without All the Stuff
" Iâ€™m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Cytoxan in us
Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man.Â http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/Â Beavan, cytoxan in us along with his wife, cytoxan in us their two-year-old daughter and dog, cytoxan in us spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City.
"It was an experiment. Cytoxan in us So the idea in our experiment was to reduce our ecological impact as much as possible, cytoxan in us which meant not using fossil fuel-powered electricity. Cytoxan in us I mean, cytoxan in us if our elevators were powered by wind turbines and solar panels, cytoxan in us we would have had no problem, cytoxan in us but, cytoxan in us you know, cytoxan in us theyâ€™re not. And the experiment, cytoxan in us part of the experiment was to say, cytoxan in us what that our culture provides us that has ecological impact do we actually need, cytoxan in us because the real definition of â€œwaste, cytoxan in usâ€ by my terms, cytoxan in us is if we use resources that donâ€™t even make us happy. So, cytoxan in us for example, cytoxan in us we, cytoxan in us in New York, cytoxan in us New Yorkers use taxicabs a lot andâ€”or even subways. Cytoxan in us And we didnâ€™t use them. Cytoxan in us Instead, cytoxan in us what we did was we biked everywhere, cytoxan in us and biked and walked and used a foot scooter. Cytoxan in us And although it was an extreme, cytoxan in us in terms of the fact that even when it was raining we biked, cytoxan in us and even like this, cytoxan in us what we discovered is that the alternative to mechanized transportation was that we got exercise; we got to see our neighbors, cytoxan in us because we werenâ€™t whizzing past them; we got to be part of the cityscape; and that actually some of the so-called conveniences that we have donâ€™t necessarily always make our life better." "And this particular Christmas, cytoxan in us we were with family, cytoxan in us and what we did was we took a lot of her cousinâ€™s old toys and wrapped them up, cytoxan in us because we wanted to make sure she had as many toys to wrap up as they did. Cytoxan in us
But what was really interestingâ€”and research bears this out, cytoxan in us in terms of what people really enjoy at Christmasâ€”was that when it came time to open presents, cytoxan in us she, cytoxan in us you know, cytoxan in us undid the wrapping paper for a while, cytoxan in us but really what she wanted to do was sit on the piano bench and sing with her uncle. Cytoxan in us And the research shows that this is true. Cytoxan in us We tend to think of environmentalism as some sort of deprivation. Cytoxan in us
But the fact of the matter is, cytoxan in us is that this emphasis on stuff that we have at Christmas, cytoxan in us research out of Kent University shows it doesnâ€™t make us happier. What tends to make us happier at Christmas is time spent with our families. Cytoxan in us So if we change the emphasis, cytoxan in us 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, cytoxan in us which is really cool, cytoxan in us go to:Â http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/about_my_family.html