Are you up for No Impact week?

By Gary Budzak -

You never know what someone is going to talk about during the public comment portion of a City Council meeting. During the Sept. 11 Delaware City Council meeting, a member of Sustainable Delaware Ohio issued a challenge that we thought might be of interest to our readers, so we’re repeating it here.

“Are you up for the challenge?” said David Soliday. “Sustainable Delaware Ohio encourage Delaware City Council to explore new and better ways to live.

“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.

“This experiment 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:

• Sunday, Oct. 1: Consumption — Don’t buy anything new (except for food!)

• Monday, Oct. 2: Trash — Don’t create any trash.

• Tuesday, Oct. 3: Transportation — Only transport yourself through environmentally friendly ways such as biking, walking, public transportation or carpooling.

• Wednesday, Oct. 4: Food — Only eat local food and cut down on your meat consumption.

• Thursday, Oct. 5: Electricity — Cut back on your electricity use or stop it all together.

• Friday, Oct. 6: Water — Cut back on your water use.

• Saturday, Oct. 7: Giving Back — Give back to your community.

• Sunday, Oct. 8: Eco-Sabbath — Unplug and reflect. You and the environment take a break.

“We believe it is not only possible, but is necessary to discover ways to live that are better for both people and the planet. The No Impact Week is particularly powerful when communities of people take on this challenge together. The No Impact Week is an immersive, educational program that empowers participants to 1) experience how lower impact living can benefit the planet, the people, and the individual too, and 2) create a community that is engaged and excited about sustainability and involvement in the environmental movement.”

How would you fare?

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