November 23 (November 24 in UK) is Buy Nothing Day.
Here’s what the campaigners have to say.
“Everything we buy has an impact on our planet. Buy Nothing Day highlights 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 infinite – while it continues we should be looking for simple solutions – Buy Nothing Day is a good place to start.”
Fair enough. If I could add my two cents (2 pence in UK):
Perhaps even better than buying nothing is buying something of lasting spiritual value. Money is not intrinsically bad; rather it is what the money is spent on that is the real issue.
Posted by Kurma on 22/11/07; 6:35:57 AM