November 26, 2004 (tomorrow) is International Buy Nothing Day. Please take a minute to learn about this event, and I hope that you'll be compelled to participate.
Buy Nothing Day is a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The challenge is to try simple living for a day, spend time with family and friends, rather than spend money on them. People make a pact with themselves to take a break from shopping as a personal experiment or public statement and the best thing is - it's free!
Buy Nothing Day exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage and unfair distribution of wealth.
As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? The argument is broad and deep - while it continues we should be looking for simple solutions - Buy Nothing Day is a good place to start.
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