WMEAC Film Series Presents No Impact Man at Wealthy Theatre

West Michigan Environmental Action Council will present the documentary No Impact Man on Wednesday, May 9 at the Wealthy Theatre at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The last film in the WMEAC Film Series, No Impact Man is a documentary that follows Colin Beavan and his family — a wife, a daughter and a dog — as they attempt to live an entire year without having a net impact on the environment. Colin, aware of environmental issues, felt that he was not doing enough to limit his impact and decided to try living 365 days without a net impact as a challenge to himself, his family, and others elsewhere.

Living in Manhattan, the family decided to eliminate its use of any form of transportation besides walking and biking, including public transit. In addition to the family’s change in transportation practices, it chose to limit its consumption of everyday amenities such as electricity and toilet paper by completely ceasing its usage of them. Their lifestyle experiment included no carbon emissions, no trash, no air conditioning, no plastics, no television, no elevators and no toilets.

By presenting this film, WMEAC is looking to spark a discussion on the topic and the possibility of living a no-impact life in a city such as Grand Rapids. Attendees will discover new ways that they can live in a more sustainable manner.  WMEAC will present a panel featuring a real-life “No Impact Man” from Ann Arbor, Darshan Karwat, who is currently working to eliminate all garbage from his life.  Darshan produced just seven pounds of trash from March 29, 2010 to March 29, 2011 and has continued his low-impact behaviors since.  He has chronicled his efforts at

No Impact Man is the final film in the WMEAC Film Series which is presented in partnership with the Wealthy Theatre Centennial Capital Campaign and Clothing Matters.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a suggested donation of $5.

More information on the series is available at For interviews with Darshan Karwat, photos or other information, contact Daniel Schoonmaker at or (616) 451-3051. Photos for No Impact Man are available as part of the film’s media kit at

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