The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. 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.
The No Impact Week program toolkit was created to:
- Give organizers everything they need to innovate within their community
- Customize a program that will highlight the existing strengths of their campus
- Spur inspiration for new change
- Link your students to an international network of No Impact change makers!
The No Impact project was inspired by Colin Beavan’s one-year experiment with No Impact living in New York City. The No Impact Experiment is an eight-day version of Colin and his family’s yearlong experiment. Each day of the program has its own theme and challenge that builds on the next so that by the end of the week you are virtually living No Impact. The daily challenges are as follows:
Description: Don’t buy anything new (except for food!)
Description: Don’t create any trash.
Only transport yourself through environmentally friendly ways such as biking, walking, public transportation or carpooling.
Description: Only eat local food and cut down on your meat consumption.
Description: Cut back on your electricity use or stop it all together.
Description: Cut back on your water use.
Saturday: Giving Back
Description: Give back to your community.
Description: Unplug and reflect. You and the environment take a break. Reflect on this experience and its effect on your life and the earth.