No Impact Man to Speak, Campus to Celebrate with No Impact Week
August 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – “No Impact Man” is coming to Illinois Wesleyan University, and
the University is celebrating with a week of the No Impact Experiment.
Author Colin Beavan, known for his blog and book, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and Discoveries He Makes About Himself and
Our Way of Life in the Process (Picador, 2009), will address the President’s Convocation at 11 a.m. on Wednesday,
Sept. 8, in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).
The title of his speech will be "No Impact Man." The event is free and open to the
Beavan gained national attention with his blog, which chronicled a year he and his
family attempted to live without negatively impacting the environment. Throughout
the year, Beavan, his wife and their daughter, tried to produce no trash, went without
electricity, rode in no cars or taxis, ate only locally produced food, and avoided
all paper products, including toilet paper. “You have to give Colin Beavan credit,”
said The Boston Globe. “The man put his money where his mouth is. A self-proclaimed ‘guilty liberal’ tired
of the world’s general ecological decline, he decided to change his life. And in no
small way.” A documentary was released in 2009, detailing Beavan’s efforts.
All incoming Illinois Wesleyan students read Beavan’s book for the Summer Reading
Program, which is part of “Turning Titan,” the new student orientation program on
campus. Students met in discussion groups with faculty and staff to share their impressions
of the book and what impact it made on them.
To celebrate Beavan’s visit to campus, the University Wellness Center is encouraging
all faculty, staff and students to participate in a “No Impact Experiment” from Sept.
12-19. It will be one week of cutting consumption, and rethinking a disposable way
of life. Each day of the week, participants will attempt to reduce their impact on
the environment with steps such as taking public transportation, reviewing what goes
into the trash, not buying any new items, powering down unused items and giving back
to their community. “Each day builds on the next,” said Illinois Wesleyan’s Visiting
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Health Laurine Brown, “so that ideally,
by week’s end, participants have stopped consuming new goods and making trash, switched
to a non-polluting transportation, and all while discovering hidden lessons about
what is important in your life.” For more information, call Wellness at (309) 556-3334.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960