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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 oral health cats cod

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

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

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