Is eating meat a net harm?

resistance is expedient

Barefoot in Manhattan by Colin Beaven
my ecologically correct adventure

new title, same book: Everything eco! A year of self-experiment

And yet another book about a self-experiment to do or not to do something for a year. I just really like books like that, but I really like this one.

Colin Beavan writes so thoughtfully and reflectively. He asks so many questions in the book that cannot (or can) be answered, but which I have asked myself again and again.

But everything from the beginning. The aim of the project was to live as a family (Colin, Michele and daughter Isabelle) in the middle of New York City for one year in such a way that the bottom line was that the environment would not be harmed.

Of course, this does not always work completely, so the following equation was established:

Negative impact + positive impact = no net damage

In order not to overwhelm yourself and the family, the project was designed in several stages. In the first phase of the “No Impact Project”, the amount of rubbish originally caused by the family was reduced to zero. The next step was to reduce CO² emissions and therefore no longer use any means of transport. All routes were covered on foot or with the help of a scooter or bicycle. The elevator was also not used and the many floors were climbed on foot.

The next step was to question their eating habits and to avoid eating meat in order to protect the environment. Then the consumption of clothing, toys, household appliances and the like was examined carefully in order to ask the following questions: “Is it even possible not to consume? Can you manage if you don't buy anything? Didn't use anything? ”Which leads directly to the question“ If consumption is bad, is zero consumption good? ”

Finally the power was turned off, which meant that a large part of the technology was no longer available, especially no refrigerator or freezer. Life changed decisively, as the whole rhythm of life had to be changed due to the lack of an artificial light source. And then there was the question of washing the laundry when there is no electricity for the washing machine.

The last phase was under the motto "Do good to compensate for the damage".

Paradoxically, it wasn't waste prevention and all the other measures that got the most out of it, but the fact that I got people involved. That they could see how I tried and what came of it. And to my surprise, I found that I can change the people around me through what I do.

It is not about the question of whether the individual can achieve something. The real question is whether you are one of the people who want to try, Colin said in retrospect of his experiment.

With this book, Colin Beaven wants to show that it is his responsibility to save the world. At the same time, however, it is to some extent to be understood as an invitation that every person also takes responsibility and sets out to do something for our world.

My thoughts on the book:

What I particularly liked about this book is that Colin Beavan not only focuses on the individual changes and the positive impact on the environment, but also shows that these changes have also meant a lot of positive things for the family.

When the television was switched off, there was suddenly more time for joint activities than ever before. Getting around on foot and by bike has increased physical fitness and Michele's risk of diabetes has disappeared. Due to the lack of artificial light, the daily routine changed so much that suddenly there was much more time for the daughter.

I think that we accept far too much in everyday life without questioning what we always do. Such radical changes give us the opportunity to discover new ways. It's very inspiring for me.

Link tip:

Colin Beavan
Blog "No Impact Man"
"No Impact Project"
Video about the "No Impact Project"
Book trailer "Barefoot in Manhatten"
Newspaper report about Colin Beavan and his book (German)

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Sep 09