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Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
Each year, I usually throw up a meager post to encourage people to participate in “Buy Nothing Day.” However, facing the current economic crisis has changed my thinking about Buy Nothing Day, though I agree with its principles. So I’m thinking its time to promote an alternative to Buy Nothing Day—specifically a day based on buying Earth friendly products from local businesses.
From the Buy Nothing Day page linked above:
As the planet starts heating up, maybe it’s time to finally go cold turkey. Take the personal challenge by locking up your debit card, your credit cards, your money clip, and see what it feels like to opt out of consumer culture completely, even if only for 24 hours. Like the millions of people who have done this fast before you, you may be rewarded with a life-changing epiphany. While you’re at it, what better time to point out real alternatives to unbridled consumption – and the climate uncertainty that it entails – by taking your BND spirit to the streets?
I’m aware, in a very vague, general, abstract sense, that part of our country’s economic crisis relates to the consumer culture of American capitalism—and that when people stop buying, there are less jobs, higher unemployment, weakening economy, and so forth.
At the same time, I’m aware that our same consumer culture is a danger to the Earth, to say nothing of the millions of Americans living in ever-growing debt.
So, I’m proposing that people take a new approach to both “Black Friday” and “Buy Nothing Day.” I’d like to propose “Green Friday!”
This holiday season, kick off the spending season by buying Earth friendly products, especially if they come from a local source! I know this is rather last minute, but if anyone has suggestions of what products, or businesses should be included in a “Green Friday” campaign, please leave them in the comments!
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