ABC Excludes Capitalist Reason Behind 'No Impact' Experiment
Colin Beavan ‚Äď the man forgoing electricity, carbon-emitting transportation and toilet paper ‚Äď was flatteringly featured on ABC‚Äôs ‚ÄúNightline‚ÄĚ on May 10. But not once did the program mention his ‚Äúradical experiment‚ÄĚ is done in the name of capitalism.
Beavan is the ‚ÄúNo Impact Man.‚ÄĚ He, his wife and daughter are striving to have no negative impact on the planet for an entire year by not doing many everyday things like eating out, buying anything in packaging, and using toilet paper.
According to ‚ÄúNightline‚Äôs‚ÄĚ Cynthia McFadden, he‚Äôs doing it all ‚Äúto avoid harming the earth.‚ÄĚ
Wrong. While Beavan may be concerned with the planet, he‚Äôs doing it to write a book, which will ostensibly be printed, bound and shipped around the world. Even if the book is only released electronically it would require power to be used to read it ‚Äď something Beavan‚Äôs family has given up for the year.
‚ÄúHe needed a new book project and the No Impact year was the only one of four possibilities his agent though would sell,‚ÄĚ reported The New York Times on March 22.
But not once in the more than nine-minute segment did Sam Champion or McFadden state this important detail.
Similar to the hypocrisy of carbon offsetting, Beavan is not making a lifestyle change. He is supposedly taking a year off from ‚Äúharming the planet‚ÄĚ so his book can be published, which will, by his own definition, harm the planet.
Champion did not ask Beavan if he had a problem with the fact that the ‚ÄúNightline‚ÄĚ segment would be broadcast and consumed around the world thanks to the same electricity he‚Äôs going without.