No Impact Man Gets Real: Colin Beavan Talks Candidly with the Low Density Lifestyle About Sustainability, the Environment, and Politics

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Colin Beavan, the author of the bestselling book, "No Impact Man" - and subject of the documentary by the same name - speaks exclusively with the Low Density Lifestyle website, a leading authority on healthy living, natural health, and the environment, about his one-year experiment of making no impact on the earth, and the work he has been doing since his experiment ended.

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"Making no impact, even for a week, is a spiritual experience, a retreat, a retreat from consumerism."

Colin Beavan, the author of the bestselling book, "No Impact Man" - and subject of the documentary by the same name - speaks exclusively in a three-part interview with Dr. Michael Wayne of the Low Density Lifestyle website, a leading authority on healthy living, natural health, and the environment, about his one-year experiment of making no impact on the earth, and the work he has been doing since his experiment ended.

A few years ago, Colin Beavan, a writer living in New York City, got tired of complaining about the environmental problems he saw in our world and decided to do something about it first hand.

What he did was enlist his wife and daughter and embark on an experiment of grand magnitude: for one year, they would make no impact on the earth. From their apartment in Manhattan, they would turn off the electricity, stop making garbage, give up TV, taxis and take out, only buy from farmer's markets, not drive or fly, only wash clothes by hands, and make many other lifestyle changes that would allow them to make no impact.

From there was born his book, "No Impact Man," along with the documentary of the same name. Both the book and film were released in 2009.

And in an exclusive three-part video interview with the Low Density Lifestyle, Beavan talks about his experiment, and also the environment, energy policy, the Gulf oil spill, politics, and former Vice-President Dick Cheney's energy policy.

The experiment was extremely beneficial for Colin Beavan and his family - he lost weight, his wife avoided type 2 diabetes, and it strengthened his family's bond and made him realize how getting away from consumerism and consumption is an important key to inner happiness.

Since the experiment ended, he has become very active in the environmental realm in a number of ways. He is the director of the No Impact Project, where people can sign up and do the experiment on their own for a week. Beavan says about the No Impact Project and the experience of making no impact for a week, "it's a spiritual experience and a retreat, a retreat from consumerism." Beavan points out that over 10,000 people have signed on and done the week-long no impact experiment.

Besides starting the No Impact Project, Colin Beavan is an advisor to NYU's Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the Board of Directors of New York City's Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.

As part of the No Impact Project, he has developed a green classroom curriculum that has 20,000 course adaptations for this fall at the middle and high school level. That's quite a lot of young people who will be turned onto the benefits of sustainable living.

Beavan also speaks around the country, and is willing to talk politics to his audiences. He says the Gulf Coast oil crisis fully points to our need to get off of the addition to oil. Furthermore, he says that it also shows how desperately we need to "get money out of politics."

Dr. Michael Wayne, who runs the Low Density Lifestyle website, was pleased that Colin Beavan was willing to give the interview, as he says that Beavan's philosophy gibes perfectly with the Low Density Lifestyle website philosophy.

"We're interested in helping people develop healthier lifestyles," Dr. Wayne says, "and living lighter on the earth and helping the environment by living a more sustainable lifestyle is in complete synch with the Low Density Lifestyle philosophy."

And what is a Low Density Lifestyle? "It's living in a more relaxed, less stressed, more calm and more centered way," says Michael Wayne. "When you live this way, you feel more in the flow, and you will be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled."

And how does a person live this way? "It's easy," says Michael Wayne, "and can be done right now and right here, just by following the top ten ways to start living a Low Density Lifestyle now."

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