Buy Nothing Day, Goes Global

Buy Nothing Day, another winner from Adbusters some years ago, arose in response to the sinking feeling so many folks get watching their fellow humans on Black Friday.  It raises a person's spirit some to know that millions of others share the sinking feeling and are doing something about it.

As the Adbusters website says, "Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism – that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer wants must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative – we’re not going able to fix the gigantic psycho-financial-eco crisis of our times. The journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens "

Almost every day is a buy nothing day here at the hideout. This Friday will be too. Pancho and i will go to the beach for a walk before a late breakfast, followed by a bitta computer time, lunch and an afternoon walk up through the neighborhood, another perfect buy nothing day.

“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.” – Fawzi Ibrahim