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2 April 2011 (USA) See more »
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50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
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
Susan Witt ... Herself - New Economics Institute director

Directed by
Ben Evans 
 
Produced by
Mark Dixon .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mark Dixon 
Ben Evans 
 
Film Editing by
Ben Evans 
Scott Irick 
 
Sound Department
Mark Dixon .... boom operator
Mark Dixon .... sound mixer
Ben Evans .... boom operator
Ben Evans .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erika Bowman .... additional photography
Erika Bowman .... assistant camera
Mark Dixon .... assistant camera
Ben Evans .... assistant camera
Julie Dingman Evans .... additional photography
Julie Dingman Evans .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Mark Dixon .... assistant editor
 


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Good potential ruined by one bad decision, 13 July 2014
Author: Robert from San Francisco

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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