Saturday 1444 – 24th November 2o12
I know it’s only Friday but I wanted to let you know about this now , if you don’t already, so you’d have time to think about it and take part if you wanted to ,as Saturday 24th November is Buy Nothing Day in the Uk and in many other countries.
In America, as you can see by the great bar code logo to the left it is today which is known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which signals the start of the spend, spend, spend run up to Christmas.
Here’s a little extract from Wikipedia about how Buy Nothing Day started –
The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Mexico in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called “Black Friday”, which is one of the ten busiest shopping days in the United States. In 2000, advertisements by Adbusters promoting Buy Nothing Day were denied advertising time by almost all major television networks except for CNN. Soon, campaigns started appearing in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Norway. Participation now includes more than 65 nations. “
For the 2009 Buy Nothing Day participants not only did not buy anything for twenty-four hours but also kept their lights, televisions, computers and other non-essential appliances turned off, their cars parked, and their phones turned off or unplugged from sunrise to sunset and how cool was that !!
“So Lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life – shopping.”
Of course this isn’t just about one day because obviously you could just buy everything as normal the day after Buy Nothing day, for me it’s about highlighting the pointlessness of keep buying, buying, buying things we don’t need. Consumerism uses up monstrous amounts of the worlds natural resources and once many of them are gone that’s it.. they cannot be replaced.
I think I may have mentioned this before but I will again anyway. I have worked with many people who were close to death and I never heard one say “I wish I had done more shopping”, most just wanted someone they loved to be with them not some object. Possessions alone cannot make anyone truly happy
This day is also about considering where a product originates from before you buy it. If you live in the Uk do you really need to buy potatoes that come from Cyprus or apples from New Zealand? Probably not.. trying to buy local supports your local economy and helps to save the environment by reducing what’s known as food miles.. Of course it’s likely to be a whole lot fresher too.
Food for thought 😉
Saturday Girl signing off now. Have a healthy, peaceful and less consumerist week!
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