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This post is about whether or not an individual can make a differnce by reducing his/her environmental impact.Is it really possible that we could help the nature and ourselves at the same time?
This story is about a man and the realization of his values.No Impact Man is a 2009 American documentary film that follows Colin Beavan during his year-long experiment to have sustainable zero impact on the environment, while dragging his young daughter and his tv-addicted wife along for the ride.The paradigm is simple : reduse,reuse,recycle.That means no more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption,no plastric bags,no magazines and only unpackaged fresh food.The No Impact Man is Colin Beavan’s project but his family has to be a part of it too.Just like the description from the back of the book said “So together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan”.This family was willing to give up lots of things such as television , meat and coffee.The transmition was hard because people are traumatized when someone suggests that they should do without things they were used to.This documentray follows their everyday life and the problems they have to face in order to stick to their plan.It’s informative about the ways each one of us can decrease his/her own impact on the environment.The question at the center of the No Impact Man project was whether one person can make a difference.Colin Beavan feels strongly that individual ecological actions could really help, because after that peolpe feel engaged to them.It only takes a little efort to see that you don’t need plastic bags but after that you could realize that there are other things you could live without.During the movie we watched the problems lack of electricity causes but also how this exact thing force them to leave their house and discover fun ways to spent their free time with their daughter.Some would said that 2009 was the year this family lived without electricity for six months,ate only organic food and lost several hours biking to their jobs.But this family prefers to remember 2009 as the year they lost weight without going to the gym,became less addicted,healthier and better parents.
In our lectures there was a topic called Environmental ethics.This was about ethical standards to relationships between human and non-human entities.Questions like ” Is it right to destroy forests to create jobs? ” and ” Should we kill animals for their meat of their fur ” can have different answers depending on each person’s ethical standards.In this documentary we had a clear answer by Colin Beavan.He gave up meat,new clothes and paper.He though that meat was unnecessary and cutting down trees for paper was wrong.He used only wool which was taken from sheep treated nicely.We discussed about expanding the ethical concern and about the three perspectives in Western ethics.Of course the documentary was about being ecocentric.We were informed about electronics at “Environmental Ethics and Economics: Values and Choices” and how these electonics end up at areas owned by minorities.During the No Impact Man we saw that a family could live without electrical appliances.In the documentary was also refered to ecolabeling which tells consumers which brands use sustainable processes.That could sometimes be misleading.We also talk about how corporations are responding to concerns and we should Be careful of greenwashing, where consumers are misled into thinking companies are acting sustainably.
I really enjoyed the movie.It was nice seeing how a family could completely change their lifestyle for a year and watching the progress of their journey was thrilling.I think it was a great project trying to get people what they need in a way that doesn’t heart the planet.The idea of this man inspired other people too and force us to think.Is it possible to get what we nned in a sustainable way?Colin Beavan made it possible.So as far as the content is concerned i found it really interesting.The movie definitely had an impact on me and left me thinking about my behaviour towards the environment.The directing and photography were good and realistic.Beautiful farms,colourful gardens and family moments made it unique.
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The two variables I chose to show is agricultural workers and agricultural land.Our country considers to be an agricultural area.Greece produces a wide variety of crops and livestock products.Greek agriculture employs 528,000 farmers.At 1983 agricultural land was 71% of the total land area and 30% of the total labout force were agricultural workers.As the years pass by we can see that argicultural land seems to be contracting.In 2007 we can see that agricultural land is 64% of the land area and has only 12% employees of the total labour force.Unemployment is a major fact nowadays.The lack of farms and urban societies seems to affect the unemployment mainly as far as farmers are concerned.Large amounts of trees and fields destroyed in order to build hotels and resorts in the nature.Meanwhile many farmers lost their job causing unemployment rate to rise.