What Will You Do For This Year’s Buy Nothing Day?

November 8, 2007 at 10:50 pm Leave a comment

Are you joining in on the next BUY NOTHING DAY at the end of this month? Environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in as many as 65 countries are planning to hit the streets to celebrate their self imposed 24-hour spending moratorium.

The upcoming Buy Nothing Day (BND) will be held on November 23 in the US and Canada, and on November 24 internationally. It will be the 15th consecutive BND. By now, the event is a global cultural phenomenon of some import.

Its organizers, the Adbusters Media Foundation, have in recent years been making it to the news headlines in the mainstream press. It’s is a big victory for its message. Which centers on making people aware of the impact of their spending on the climate.

One result is that average people are increasingly becoming actively involved in clammoring around for green ways to live as an alternative to unrestrained consumption.

The timing of the day is quite cunning because organizers have picked a day that’s predicted as one of the busiest shopping days on the US retail calendar. The day also coincides with the unofficial start of the international holiday-shopping season. BND is celebrated in many ways ranging from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests.

Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending. If you participate, one thing is for sure; you´ll get away with a feeling that it is very possible to escape the marketing mind games and frantic consumerism that have come to characterize modern life. But that´s pretty easy anyway. Currently, the organizers are challenging particpants to focus their energies on reducing spending as a cornerstone of the new political mood involved with climate change.

“So much emphasis,” says one organizer, “has been placed on buying carbon offsets and compact fluorescent lightbulbs and hybrid cars that we are losing sight of the core cause of our environmental problems: we consume far too much.”

He hopes the BND kicks off people´s commitment to starting a lasting change in lifestyle.

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