Jan 02, 2011 12:00 AM
Jan 10, 2011 12:00 AM
Start the New Year right: Join YES! Magazine readers and staff, and the “No Impact Project” for a week-long experiment with a radically greener way of life.
You’ll answer questions like:
- How well can I live without modern “conveniences?”
- Which expenses actually make me happy, and improve my family's quality of life?
- Which ones just eat away at my time and money?
- What does my carbon footprint really look like?
The No Impact Project was conceived by Colin Beavan, following the success of his blog, book, and film, No Impact Man. He chronicled his family’s year-long experiment in zero-waste living in New York City. Now Colin and YES! Magazine are inviting you to join in the experiment for just one week, beginning January 2.
No Impact Week is an 8-day opportunity for individuals and groups to experiment with low-impact living. It's a challenge for most people, but also a great way to understand what we really use, what changes we can make, and our own limits. As a media partner, YES! has committed to developing some new content during the week of January 2nd that is relevant to the themes of the week, including lowering use of energy and fossil fuels and eating locally. We'd love to get a range of bloggers who volunteer to take on the full week experiment, or at least whatever part of it they can manage to commit to. This might mean that someone decides they can just focus on food or energy. We're not necessarily looking for experts or people who are already well-versed in low-impact living. In fact, the fresher they are to some of the ideas, the more engaging their blog entries might be. Entries can involve anything from writing one post about one day, to doing short video-pods on little changes individuals can make, to trying to engage family and/or community in the project. There's really a lot of space for creativity.