The No Impact Project is an international, environmental, nonprofit project, inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog. The No Impact Project uses entertainment, education and group action to engage people in the quest for ways of living that connect individual happiness with service to community and habitat. The No Impact Project offers a free curriculum that connects students’ personal experiences with the environment.
- Can be used on its own or with the other plans.
- Can be taught in one 50-minute class period.
- Is designed for use in grades 6-12, but is easily adapted for older and younger students.
- Provides the popular No Impact Man media resources to engage students and stimulate discussion. Note: It is not required to purchase the DVD and book to use the lesson plans.
Lesson Plan Summary
The five lesson plans in the environmental education curriculum address the following topics:
Consumption: Examine how advertising affects our consumption habits and consider how we can get what we need in ways that do less harm to the environment. Create an alternative gift registry with items that are non-material, secondhand, homemade, service-oriented (such as “fix my bike”), experiential (such as “take me to a concert”), or that come from companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.
Energy: Take a look at the current system of supplying energy to our homes. Find out how to reduce our daily energy consumption and speak out on the need to have long-term, sustainable energy solutions.
Food: Explore how food choices affect the environment and our quality of life. Develop a plan for one meal that includes only food that is seasonal, local, and unpackaged.
Transportation: Study how improved street design could encourage more students to use active forms of transportation like walking or biking to get to school.
Water: Learn ways to conserve water and minimize the amount of chemicals that we put in our drains.
You can even try the No Impact Week Challenge! It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.