Monday, November 24, 2008

Do your bit this Christmas


The Buy Nothing Day is an annual protest against consumerism and globalisation. Its organisers describe it thus:

"Buy Nothing Day (Saturday November 29), is a simple idea, which challenges consumer culture by asking us to switch off from shopping for a day. It's a global stand off from consumerism - celebrated as a holiday by some and street party for others! Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!"

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the inequity of 20% of people in the rich world consuming 80% of the world's resources - and the environmental destruction that stems from that consumption. And some have taken it much further than just one day out of the shops.

"The idea is to make people stop and think about what and how much they buy effects the environment and developing countries. Increasingly large companies use labour in developing countries to produce goods because its cheap and there aren't the systems to protect workers like there are in the west."


rauf said...

oh Claudia ! its the other way round for me. i buy something for myself perhaps one or two days in a year. i am looking around my room to check what i bought for myself recently, none, except for a couple of books and old magazines.

India is not a rich country but many rich people here. They are rich because they are sensible. the trick is to make not so rich people buy. They are the majority.

Anonymous said...

Hello!!! Tá tudo bem??? Já sabes que a malta estranha quando não há leitura nova por muitos dias!!!