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Buy Nothing Day 2014 - Saturday November 29th
In 2014 we're thinking up a whole new Buy Nothing Day!
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A brief history of Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day was started by Adbusters in the early 90's and has since grown into an international event celebrated in more the 50 countries. Its is a simple idea, which challenges consumer culture by asking us to switch off from shopping for a day. The day is celebrated as a holiday by some, a street party by others - anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
The UK website went online in 2000 and over the years the objective has been to get the Buy Nothing Day message across simply and without fuss. The challenge of Buy Nothing Day seems absurd, however, there are serious issues linked to shopping, which expose the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The rich western 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 our culture of shopping. We all have different needs and ultimately we are all consumers and will never be able to escape culture altogether. But this shouldn’t stop us from questioning the products we buy or challenging the companies, who produce them. After all, what are the true risk consumerism poses to the environment and developing countries? The arguments are infinite - but there is no reason why we shouldn’t be looking for simple solutions now because one day we may be forced to change.
The issues connected with Buy Nothing Day are broad and deep, however, the campaign focuses on promoting ethical and responsible consumerism, recycling, re-using and ultimately cutting back on what we consume - its a big challenge!
People have become aware that large corporations are exploiting labour conditions in developing countries using up vital resources because they are cheap and there aren't the systems to protect workers or the environment like there are in the west. The gap between the rich and poor nations is growing in spite of the much-heralded benefits of globalisation, there are still 1.3 billion people world wide who live on less than $1 a day and a similar number of people do not have access to clean water.
Workers rights in developing countries are frequently violated, including payment of low wages and long working hours. The lives of workers may also be endangered by poor health and safety provision. Child labour is rife in developing countries, and forced labour still exists. Unfortunatly most people don't think of these things while shopping.
Supporters of globalisation offer economic growth as a solution to world poverty. They propose that impoverished nations and individuals can eventually attain a standard of living similar to our own through the 'trickle down' of wealth. However, the current globalisation model is leading to an increase in world poverty and inequality.
Buy Nothing Day is non-confrontational, we don’t protest waving anti-shopping banners. This type of campaigning can bee seen as negative and blurring the issues. Instead we’ll say ‘smile’ or ‘shop less, live more’, we ask people to have a bit of fun , use their imagination and simply escape consumerism for a day. It could be argued that this method of campaigning won’t capture the public’s attention or is laughing in the face of the more important issues. If people laugh at the ingenuity and genius of Buy Nothing Day, then we’ve got their attention and we are opening the door.
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