Today (or yesterday in the US in order to remember Black Friday) is Buy Nothing Day. The idea is to give the ever spinning capitalist system a break at least for 24 hours.
What is behind the idea of Buy Nothing day? “Everything we buy has an impact on the environment. Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism”, the committee in the UK explains.
There are also consume-free events all through the planet today: just google Buy Nothing Day and your country. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can organize your very own Buy Nothing Day, Week, Months and take it to a whole new level.
That is exactly what the Occupy Wall Street Movement is doing. Under the motto #OCCUPYXMAS they encourage you for a Buy Nothing Christmas. This amazing time you spend every year with your family singing songs and sharing stories has turned into the the biggest celebration of the consumerism-lifestyle. You can change it. Here is what they say about it:
“Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street. Now lets give them a new way of thinking about the holidays, about our own consumption habits. Lets’ use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all-out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne.”
It is very much in the spirit of the Buy Nothing day: “Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn’t about changing your lifestyle for just one day – we want it to be a lasting relationship with your consumer conscience – maybe a life changing experience?”
Here are the rules to #OCCUPYXMAS: