Global Warming In No Impact Man By Colin Beavan

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“We feel a malaise and a guilt that at another time in history might have motivated action, but that this time seems instead to be coupled with a terrible sense of helplessness.” -Colin Beavan, No Impact Man, pg. 11

No Impact Man, written by Colin Beavan in 2009, brings up the concern of multiple issues affecting the earth negatively. These issues include the destruction of forests for paper, water pollution, over-consumption, and global warming amongst others. All of these issues are things we are accustomed to hearing about, but have either not educated ourselves on or feel to helpless to act on since the rest of society is nonchalant about our culture. Especially in the United States, people live such fast-paced lives that everything
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Towards the middle of the novel, Beavan notes that he and his wife were supposed to go to a birthday party for a friend in Brooklyn; however, they ultimately stayed home because it started raining and they did not want to get caught in it since they cannot use public transportation (Beavan 89). Beavan admires his achievements in this part of the novel, and recalls how much happier he is now that he makes sacrifices for the good of the environment. He is less busy. Therefore, he gets to relax. In a similar way, a person not participating in this experiment can validate Beavan’s feelings during this particular time in his life. If they chose to eliminate some stressors—including deadlines and schedules—and replace these stressors with an evening relaxing in the comfort of their homes, they would feel a million times better even if they gave up an obligation to have some down time. Meanwhile, our fast-paced culture creates more schedules and obligations in our lives, which in turn stresses us out and makes us unhappy. Considering this, we can assume that there is a direction correlation between our lifestyle and our quality of life, and constantly wanting the next best thing will not make us any happier than we were …show more content…
Since we use water in production, it is expected that in as little as nine years, we will experience water scarcity and by 2050, we will need 80% more water than we do today, but will not know where to obtain it (Beavan 195). There is a limited amount of fresh water on earth, and some states in the United States have already run out of water and have to import it. Water is being wasted and polluted every second of the day. In my hometown of Toms River, New Jersey, a dye company called Ciba-Geigy pumped the excess from their factory into the ground and it seeped into our water supply, creating a “cancer cluster.” The water from the river my town is named after was once suitable for drinking, but is not anymore because of the unregulated pumping of waste from the same factory. The dye company had established a factory in 1952 and the remnants of their insolence still haunts the town even in 2016. There is no doubt in my mind that some companies still get away with pumping their waste into pristine drinking water. This knowledge seems to support the concerns Beavan talks about at the end of his

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