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One Family’s Daring Experiment: Christmas Without All the Stuff
http://stb.msn.com/i/BB/3E877434F2B6C1C0695D1AD9CF07D.jpg From DemocracyNOW:

" I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Free alco screen alcohol test

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

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

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