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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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Sarah Adkins

My name is Sarah Adkins. I'm a graphic design student from Louisville,KY currently in my senior year at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. . My current graduating senior thesis is about my own design values which include ethical consumerism and consumption.

I ended up designing tee shirts for a performance on Buy Nothing Day this year. Myself, and 7 of my friends wore tee shirts (all reused) that I had dyed black and silkscreened a graphic message about the disposability of the things hastefully purchased during this season. We went to Oxmoor Center Mall here in my hometown on Louisville, and walked around all day and bought NOTHING. Even when we were hungry we stayed clear of the foodcourts and vending machines. We were followed my mall cops, and taunted by a rude Brookstone employee, whom I had to remind of my 1st Amendment rights. I had read Kalle Lasn's "Culture Jam", and educated this man about our rights as citizens over the entities of corporations which we have created. We were able to film about an hour of my design-performance and took about 30 photographs. We had several people read our shirts, and one woman even asked where she could get one for herself and her son.

Several of the students involved had never been involved in any direct activism of performance before so if nothing else I got eight kids to brave the mall on the day after thanksgiving, and control their consumer urges for one day just to prove that we could do it.

Here's some photo links for anybody who's interested in seeing what we we're up to. Please don't steal my designs without crediting me.

[email protected]

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066966051

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067805172

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066965825

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066965325

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066964757

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066964169

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067802780

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067802228

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067801272

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067800504

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066960679

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066960173

Sarah Adkins

My name is Sarah Adkins. I'm a graphic design student from Louisville,KY currently in my senior year at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. . My current graduating senior thesis is about my own design values which include ethical consumerism and consumption.

I ended up designing tee shirts for a performance on Buy Nothing Day this year. Myself, and 7 of my friends wore tee shirts (all reused) that I had dyed black and silkscreened a graphic message about the disposability of the things hastefully purchased during this season. We went to Oxmoor Center Mall here in my hometown on Louisville, and walked around all day and bought NOTHING. Even when we were hungry we stayed clear of the foodcourts and vending machines. We were followed my mall cops, and taunted by a rude Brookstone employee, whom I had to remind of my 1st Amendment rights. I had read Kalle Lasn's "Culture Jam", and educated this man about our rights as citizens over the entities of corporations which we have created. We were able to film about an hour of my design-performance and took about 30 photographs. We had several people read our shirts, and one woman even asked where she could get one for herself and her son.

Several of the students involved had never been involved in any direct activism of performance before so if nothing else I got eight kids to brave the mall on the day after thanksgiving, and control their consumer urges for one day just to prove that we could do it.

Here's some photo links for anybody who's interested in seeing what we we're up to. Please don't steal my designs without crediting me.

[email protected]

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066966051

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067805172

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066965825

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066965325

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066964757

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066964169

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067802780

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067802228

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067801272

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3067800504

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066960679

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29653852@N02/3066960173

Anonymous

I decided to work to make extra money to pay off my credit card I'm almost there. I am a professional crafts person aka blacksmith. I will be making most of my gifts this year for a number of reasons. I have never liked consumer culture. I am from Long Island and am sickened by the Walmart incident. If it were up to me we would start tearing down malls and planting trees.

Anonymous

I decided to work to make extra money to pay off my credit card I'm almost there. I am a professional crafts person aka blacksmith. I will be making most of my gifts this year for a number of reasons. I have never liked consumer culture. I am from Long Island and am sickened by the Walmart incident. If it were up to me we would start tearing down malls and planting trees.

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