Fighting the Good Fight: November 23 is Buy Nothing Day

President Bush and other Western leaders are urging us to save our faltering economies by hitting the mall. San Francisco mayor Willie Brown’s staff are distributing 15,000 posters featuring an American flag with shopping-bag handles. Consumption is being cast as “fighting the good fight.”

President Bush and other Western leaders are urging us to save our faltering economies by hitting the mall. San Francisco mayor Willie
Brown’s staff are distributing 15,000 posters featuring an American flag with shopping-bag handles. Consumption is being cast as “fighting the good fight.”

Let’s get real. Yes it’s a delicate moment. It’s time to grieve, it’s time to reflect.

But it’s certainly not time to stifle discussion and reverse progress on what, though it has been bumped from the news agenda, remains the world’s biggest long-term problem: the unsustainable consumer binge of Western nations.

In fact, now may be the time to take the sustainable consumption debate to a new plane.

November 23 is Buy Nothing Day. This year, celebrants in more than 50 countries will opt not to spend any money for 24 hours, but instead to
enjoy pranks, parades, street parties, credit-card cutups – and some quiet time with family and friends.

Why don’t you join us?

Our website http://adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/
is a font of information for BND enthusiasts. There you’ll find posters, images, event ideas and
contact information for organizers in your area.

We want to know what you’re planning. Be sure to keep us up-to-date on your group’s activities by emailing buynothingday@adbusters.org. Contact us there if you need more information or assistance.

Remember: On November 23, don’t let anyone call your efforts trivial or treasonous or unpatriotic.

At a time like this, getting public attention back on the big picture may be the most charitable thing any of us can do.

Thanks, and Happy Buy Nothing Day.

P.S. If you’d like to make your Buy Nothing Day activities a little more edgy, contact Paul Dechene at pauld@adbusters.org.

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Author: The Culture Jammers Network

News Service: Adbusters

URL: http://adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd/