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