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YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (2011)

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YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is an adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity - a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary ... See full summary »

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Will Allen ...
Himself - urban agriculture icon
Janine Benyus ...
Herself - Biomimicry founder
Bob Berkebile ...
Himself - green architecture pioneer
Mark Dixon ...
Mark Dixon
Cliff Etheredge ...
Himself - world's largest windfarm founder
Ben Evans ...
Ben Evans
Julie Dingman Evans ...
Julie Dingman Evans
Wes Jackson ...
Himself - Land Institute founder
Larry Littlebird ...
Himself - Pueblo elder, actor, farmer, educator
Bill McKibben ...
Himself - 350.org founder, best-selling author
David Orr ...
Himself - eco-icon, author, educator
Michael Reynolds ...
Himself - Earthship inventor
Joel Salatin ...
Himself - lunatic farmer genius
Tom Szaky ...
Himself - TerraCycle founder
Liz Walker ...
Herself - EcoVillage Ithaca co-founder
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YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is an adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity - a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us - Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans - upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: Are we doomed? Written by Anonymous

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Good potential ruined by one bad decision
13 July 2014 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

YERT had the potential to be a very engaging personal journey for the three characters and the audience. Although some of the restrictions they self-imposed were arbitrary or even nonsensical, it showed that they were really trying to question the things that most of us do every day without thinking. I was enthusiastic about their journey until . . . they casually announced that Julie was pregnant. And it wasn't something they had intended, but more like "Whoops! We thought that couldn't happen!" Newsflash: women are likely to get pregnant when engaging in sexual intercourse, if they are not using birth control.

It's not the fact that she got pregnant that's the issue, but that the road trip was intended to highlight the things one can do to lessen one's impact on the environment. And what is the single most environmentally destructive decision a person can make? To have a baby. Seriously.

A study done in 2009 at Oregon State University shows that the environmental impact of *not* having a child in America is about 20 times greater than the impact of doing a whole host of environmentally-friendly things like recycling, driving a hybrid, using CFLs for lighting, etc., over the course of your entire lifetime. In other words, despite everything else that Julie and Ben may ever do that's pro-environment, by having a child, they've more than counteracted them all just by bringing another little American into existence. Is this ever even mentioned? Nope. It's as if these three environmentalists were totally oblivious to the impact of reproducing.

No, I'm not suggesting that humans should let themselves die off. But I *am* suggesting that anyone who truly wants to lessen their impact on the environment should think very seriously about the effects of their becoming a parent upon the environment. The fact that Ben and Julie were just casually treating it like a whim or something they lucked into, is galling. They had the opportunity to set an example and they blew it, big time.


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