Saturday, October 17, 2009

No Impact Week

Sunday, October 18, 2009 marks the start of  No Impact Week.  According to the website, "It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money."

No Impact Week grew out of the No Impact Project, one family's fascinating "year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City." The No Impact Man blog is also good reading.

Environmentally-concerned individuals may sign up via the website to participate.  Many people may find it is not possible to follow all of the "no impact" methods for an entire week (much less an entire year); however, I don't believe improvements are"all or nothing" propositions.  Follow the links and read.  See what works for you.  Where "no impact" isn't achievable, "low impact" is the next-best thing!  The collective power of many people just doing what they can is powerful.

The How-To Manual is published for the No Impact Week event, but is a nice collection of suggestions to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.  A lot of environmentally-conscious people already practice some or many of them.  It's a good reference to find ideas and choose ones that will work for you.

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