Friday, September 4, 2009

The No Impact Project (aka Amish)

This video was on the front page of Yahoo News today and it made me guffaw (that's LOL to those who don't have a English to Blogger dictionary handy).

Long story short, he and his family lived without electricity for a year. They did not buy anything new except for food and absolutel essentials and they ate a healthier lifestyle. They went Uber Crunchy in an effort to draw attention to the global warming issue.

What's so funny about that? They really just went Amish without the religious overtones.

I grew up in central Pennsylvania which has a healthy Amish population. People living without television and electricity is no new concept to me. I grew up without television. People raising their own produce and baking their own bread and pies is what reality was for me. Horse drawn buggies are normal. Stores and doctor's offices with hitching posts in front aren't weird.

So now you can understand why I got a hearty chuckle out of No Impact Man. I understand that he is trying to publicize and draw attention to a very serious matter. I'm all for it. I try daily to reduce my family's consumption too.

I just think it's hysterical that the media is fawning and drooling over something that happens all day every day in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Ohio (just to name a few Amish "hot spots").


Jennifer said...

I agree - people have been doing things like this for years... he's kind of taking advantage of the fact that it's so PC now. Did he just do it for one year? Why did he stop then? Maybe I should read the book or check out the website, huh? LOL

Anyway, the one thing that they kind of touched on, but just barely, that stood out to me was how without the distraction of all the modern "conveniences", they spent more time together and with friends and family. No TV, no internet... Heck, it doesn't seem like such a bad idea to me.

Ragmansdaughter said...

I don't know if I can do without the internet. That is my only connection to people right now.

Christi said...

The joys of a simple life. I wish more people would live that way for real and not for attention.

Amanda said...

You're absolutely right. You don't see it here in the Harrisburg area, but where we used to live about an hour north, almost every store, doctor's office, and bank had a hitching post. My husband used to make fun of me for being able to tell in the Spring when the farmers were preparing their fields if they were using cow manure, pig manure, or that absolutely awful new liquid stuff.

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) said...

I was in "Amish Country" in 2000 and I was quite enamored by the technology free lifestyles!
I think No Impact Man lives in an apartment in NYC, doesn't he? That would be tough...