It's Not Easy Being Green

I try to live a low-impact lifestyle. I'm a vegetarian, and I buy organic and local whenever possible. I use only non-toxic cleaning products and recycled toilet paper. I think I'm pretty mindful of my carbon footprint. Of course, I still drive a car, and my energy isn't supplied by solar panels or wind power. I'm low-impact -- but I'm not no-impact. That just seems, well, too hard, if I'm being totally honest.

Colin Beavan might have had some misgivings about completing eliminating his personal impact on the environment for an entire year, but he did it anyway. His experiment -- which included his wife and two-year-old daughter by default -- was documented by the filmmakers of No-Impact Man, which follows Beavan on a journey that to some people would sound like hell. No meat and only local food; no refrigerator (yes, really); no elevators; no television; no long-distance travel and no travel by car, bus or airplane, period; no electricity; no garbage -- and no material consumption. And that's just the start of what he said no to.

No-Impact Man screens tonight at 7 and 9 p.m. in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Muenzinger Auditorium as part of its International Film Series; tickets are $6, $5 for CU students. Call 303-492-1531 or visit
Thu., Oct. 1, 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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