Buy Nothing Day – Friday November 25, 2011
The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver Canada in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called Black Friday, which is one of the 10 busiest shopping days in the United States. Today Buy Nothing Day is celebrated in nearly twenty countries. (Outside of North America it happens on the following Saturday.)
The purpose of Buy Nothing Day is to make people think about the role of shopping, and more broadly consuming, in our culture – to make us pay attention to what we buy and why.
25% of the world’s population consumes 80% of the world’s material resources and owns over 80% of its wealth. Although this global elite includes people in almost every country, it is mainly concentrated in the westernised, consumerist nations: the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan. Therefore, the vast majority of the world’s citizens has to be content with the remaining 20%. This leads to hunger and poverty in large parts of the world. We must share the natural resources amongst all world-citizens.
There is enough on earth for everybody’s need, but not for everybody’s greed‘, Mahatma Gandhi once said.