Oh my gosh, what an unexpected treat this movie was the other night. It was recommended on the blog of one of my lovely readers (can't remember whose blog, so sorry.) They committed to a yearlong experiment to live in NY, completely off the grid making zero waste and using zero electricity. Without spoiling the movie for you, I'll give you a few highlights that I loved.
This family lives in the city - the city - New York.
They forgo all transportation that emits carbon-dioxide.
The wife gives up TV, makeup, toilet paper and shopping just to name a few.
They ask others to take some steps in reduction as well. I thought I would share a few steps we have taken so far and what we are pledging to do since watching the film.
No plastic water bottles
Bike wherever/whenever I can
No more cable
Buy used as often as possible
Getting to know our neighbors and live life with them
Since the film:
no more paper napkins or paper towels (i'll be making cloth ones)
no more battery powered toys
Amazing family and film. But honestly, none of that is what really moved me. Through this journey of making no impact, the family drew closer to one another, made new friends, discovered new things about themselves, and most importantly, made what I think is the biggest impact on their lives and of the film - the realization that it is all about community. What we do, how we live... it effects others. In a big way. We need one another. We need community. The way we live life now is not as God intended. Funny thing, from what I can tell, they are not believers in Jesus Christ. However, the conclusion of the movie is straight out of the Bible. Amazing. When it's truth, it's truth and there ain't no disputin' that! xo