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One Family’s Daring Experiment: Christmas Without All the Stuff
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" I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Find lisinopril

Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man.  http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/  Beavan, find lisinopril along with his wife, find lisinopril their two-year-old daughter and dog, find lisinopril 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. Find lisinopril So the idea in our experiment was to reduce our ecological impact as much as possible, find lisinopril which meant not using fossil fuel-powered electricity. Find lisinopril I mean, find lisinopril if our elevators were powered by wind turbines and solar panels, find lisinopril we would have had no problem, find lisinopril but, find lisinopril you know, find lisinopril they’re not. And the experiment, find lisinopril part of the experiment was to say, find lisinopril what that our culture provides us that has ecological impact do we actually need, find lisinopril because the real definition of “waste, find lisinopril” by my terms, find lisinopril is if we use resources that don’t even make us happy. So, find lisinopril for example, find lisinopril we, find lisinopril in New York, find lisinopril New Yorkers use taxicabs a lot and—or even subways. Find lisinopril And we didn’t use them. Find lisinopril Instead, find lisinopril what we did was we biked everywhere, find lisinopril and biked and walked and used a foot scooter. Find lisinopril And although it was an extreme, find lisinopril in terms of the fact that even when it was raining we biked, find lisinopril and even like this, find lisinopril what we discovered is that the alternative to mechanized transportation was that we got exercise; we got to see our neighbors, find lisinopril 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, find lisinopril we were with family, find lisinopril and what we did was we took a lot of her cousin’s old toys and wrapped them up, find lisinopril because we wanted to make sure she had as many toys to wrap up as they did. Find lisinopril

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

But the fact of the matter is, find lisinopril is that this emphasis on stuff that we have at Christmas, find lisinopril 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. Find lisinopril So if we change the emphasis, find lisinopril 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, find lisinopril which is really cool, find lisinopril go to:  http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/about_my_family.html