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Buy Nothing Day Confronts the Economic Meltdown

Press release: "Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world..."

Event organizers around the world are getting ready to send a message about the perils of overconsumption. This year Buy Nothing Day is more important than ever.

Adbusters' BND 2008 Press Release:

BUY NOTHING DAY ORGANIZERS
CONFRONT THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN HEAD ON

Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less.

Designed to coincide with Black Friday (which this year falls on Friday, November 28) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the international holiday shopping season (Saturday, November 29), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.

Featured by such media giants as CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Wired, the BBC, The Age and the CBC, Buy Nothing Day has gained momentum in recent years as the climate crisis has driven people to seek out greener alternatives to unrestrained consumption.

This year, Buy Nothing Day organizers are confronting the economic meltdown head-on – asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine our economic crisis.

"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn. "It's our culture of excess and meaningless consumption — the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the crisis we now find ourselves in."

Economic meltdown, together with the ecological crisis of climate change could be the beginning of a major global cultural shift — the dawn of a new age: the age of Post-Materialism.

"A simpler, pared-down lifestyle – one in which we're not drowning in debt – may well be the answer to this crisis we're in," says Lasn. "Living within our means will also make us happier and healthier than we’ve been in years."

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Do what you can to spread the the BND message this year. Blog it, up-vote it on Digg, or slap a poster on a wall. This could be the breakthrough year when the heavy consumers of the world finally get it.

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The Adbusters Team

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Squirrel

I am home working the day after Thanksgiving. Someone turned the TV on and as I listen to what filters through I am reassured my decision not to watch main stream TV over twenty years ago has been in the best interest of my physical, mental and spiritual health.

The absolute inanity of this media aberration is appalling. We are turning into a society of materially strung out idiots who live for the next trip to the mall. On the TV this morning are blow by blow accounts of the shopping denizens who have camped out since yesterday at the local Best Buy to get to the bargains first.

This reminds of the movie "Requiem for a Dream" where the junkies are jonesing for a fix and end up buying out of the back of a fruit truck. When violence erupts and the dope dealers split - chaos breaks out. I can only imagine what would happen if Best Buy decided to close down earlier.

No buying for me today. No trips to the mall in over a year and I am at much more peace. No TV except perhaps Turner Classics, Dirty jobs or the Deadliest Catch. Every now and then I catch glimpses of my kids watching show like George Lopez and I fully understand why prejudice and discrimination are still so much a part of our lives today.

No malls or chain stores. This business model is not working and things will change. The mall era will come to an end and as challenging as it may be I am anxious to see what will emerge in its place. I hope a much more kinder society where we have more realistic expectations, are more grateful for the many gifts we all have been give and less centered on our selves and more focused on our community. Hope it happens.

Squirrel

Squirrel

I am home working the day after Thanksgiving. Someone turned the TV on and as I listen to what filters through I am reassured my decision not to watch main stream TV over twenty years ago has been in the best interest of my physical, mental and spiritual health.

The absolute inanity of this media aberration is appalling. We are turning into a society of materially strung out idiots who live for the next trip to the mall. On the TV this morning are blow by blow accounts of the shopping denizens who have camped out since yesterday at the local Best Buy to get to the bargains first.

This reminds of the movie "Requiem for a Dream" where the junkies are jonesing for a fix and end up buying out of the back of a fruit truck. When violence erupts and the dope dealers split - chaos breaks out. I can only imagine what would happen if Best Buy decided to close down earlier.

No buying for me today. No trips to the mall in over a year and I am at much more peace. No TV except perhaps Turner Classics, Dirty jobs or the Deadliest Catch. Every now and then I catch glimpses of my kids watching show like George Lopez and I fully understand why prejudice and discrimination are still so much a part of our lives today.

No malls or chain stores. This business model is not working and things will change. The mall era will come to an end and as challenging as it may be I am anxious to see what will emerge in its place. I hope a much more kinder society where we have more realistic expectations, are more grateful for the many gifts we all have been give and less centered on our selves and more focused on our community. Hope it happens.

Squirrel

Bob

Again this year, my wife and I are buying nothing on BND. It was funny telling relatives about BND yesterday, as some are really, really shocked. So many people can't comprehend not physically wanting to shop on such a "fun" day. It's almost as bad as when we tell them we don't have a TV with the typical reaction of "What do you do then????". Ahh, lets see, go to plays, read, fix or build things, involved in community projects, go to the library, take walks, go for a bike ride... anything but stare at a piece of furniture.

Bob

Again this year, my wife and I are buying nothing on BND. It was funny telling relatives about BND yesterday, as some are really, really shocked. So many people can't comprehend not physically wanting to shop on such a "fun" day. It's almost as bad as when we tell them we don't have a TV with the typical reaction of "What do you do then????". Ahh, lets see, go to plays, read, fix or build things, involved in community projects, go to the library, take walks, go for a bike ride... anything but stare at a piece of furniture.

terry

Well i am quite surprised about this , never heard of it , anyways its always a Buy nothing day lol .

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terry

Well i am quite surprised about this , never heard of it , anyways its always a Buy nothing day lol .

Job opportunities

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