Farewell, My Subaru

Farewell My Subaru is a new book from Doug Fine, environmental journalist and NPR contributor, documenting an experiment in green living (in which, we might add, the author does not abandon his laptop, or the internet). Snip from the summary:

[He] vows to grow as much of his own food as he can, use only the sun to power his ‘Net surfing and sub-woofer, and consume little to no fossil fuel for an entire year — never mind that he’d never raised so much as a chicken or a bean. Or that he had no mechanical or electrician skills. Or that coyotes and mountain lions would like to treat his Funky Butte Ranch like a buffet line.

Today on Boing Boing tv, a short film to give you a taste of that experience, directed by Jason Ensler.

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Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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5 Responses to Farewell, My Subaru

  1. Veronique says:

    Thanks for this video. Excellent. I would like to use it on my blog; could I?

  2. License Farm says:

    Veronique, unless they say otherwise, that “embed episode” HTML is expressly for the purpose of sharing the video, so I’m pretty sure the answer will be “knock yourself out.”

    I found this pretty inspiring. I’m definitely a city boy, despite having lived for the past couple years in farm country; I’m perpetually planning a return to urban life. But just as Doug says there’s no reason why you can’t live like a modern, digital person, I don’t believe that these lessons couldn’t be applied to metropolitan considerations; it just requires vision and a startup investment, sizable, no doubt, but which I think would see a return in spades.

    Best bbTV since the last best one.

  3. contra31 says:

    In case anyone is curious, the music at the end is from “Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich

  4. Antinous says:

    He can sweep my solar panels any time, anywhere.

  5. Anonymous says:

    awesome. I love these experiments. The publicity around them certainly makes people reflect on their choices. There’s a similar one that’s just been completed. It’s certainly made me double think nearly every purchase… http://noimpactman.typepad.com/

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