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. Ketorolac
Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man.Â http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/Â Beavan, ketorolac along with his wife, ketorolac their two-year-old daughter and dog, ketorolac spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City.
"It was an experiment. Ketorolac So the idea in our experiment was to reduce our ecological impact as much as possible, ketorolac which meant not using fossil fuel-powered electricity. Ketorolac I mean, ketorolac if our elevators were powered by wind turbines and solar panels, ketorolac we would have had no problem, ketorolac but, ketorolac you know, ketorolac theyâ€™re not. And the experiment, ketorolac part of the experiment was to say, ketorolac what that our culture provides us that has ecological impact do we actually need, ketorolac because the real definition of â€œwaste, ketorolacâ€ by my terms, ketorolac is if we use resources that donâ€™t even make us happy. So, ketorolac for example, ketorolac we, ketorolac in New York, ketorolac New Yorkers use taxicabs a lot andâ€”or even subways. Ketorolac And we didnâ€™t use them. Ketorolac Instead, ketorolac what we did was we biked everywhere, ketorolac and biked and walked and used a foot scooter. Ketorolac And although it was an extreme, ketorolac in terms of the fact that even when it was raining we biked, ketorolac and even like this, ketorolac what we discovered is that the alternative to mechanized transportation was that we got exercise; we got to see our neighbors, ketorolac 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, ketorolac we were with family, ketorolac and what we did was we took a lot of her cousinâ€™s old toys and wrapped them up, ketorolac because we wanted to make sure she had as many toys to wrap up as they did. Ketorolac
But what was really interestingâ€”and research bears this out, ketorolac in terms of what people really enjoy at Christmasâ€”was that when it came time to open presents, ketorolac she, ketorolac you know, ketorolac undid the wrapping paper for a while, ketorolac but really what she wanted to do was sit on the piano bench and sing with her uncle. Ketorolac And the research shows that this is true. Ketorolac We tend to think of environmentalism as some sort of deprivation. Ketorolac
But the fact of the matter is, ketorolac is that this emphasis on stuff that we have at Christmas, ketorolac 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. Ketorolac So if we change the emphasis, ketorolac 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, ketorolac which is really cool, ketorolac go to:Â http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/about_my_family.html