I couldn’t say it better than this bulletin from Adbusters regarding tomorrow’s Buy Nothing Day (Friday, November 24th) - so here it is, posted wholesale (oh the ironic word choice…).
Dear Jammers and Cultural Creatives,
This year’s Buy Nothing Day has a special poignancy. Never before have
our emerging environmental crises been planted so firmly on the lips of
the policymakers and the general public. Rather than screaming from the
fringes, high-profile economists and scientists are sounding the
warnings in respected journals and the halls of parliament — warnings
that our oceans are dying, that the ice shelves are melting, and that we
are setting ourselves up for the most massive and widest-ranging market
failure the world has ever seen.
All of this points to a profound need for a shift in the way we see
things. Recycling, protecting our waterways, driving hybrid cars — all
the old environmental imperatives — are great, but it’s becoming
obvious that they don’t address the core problem: we have to change our
lifestyles, we have to change our culture, and we have to consume
smarter and consume less.
This is the message of this year’s Buy Nothing Day, and there are only a
few days left to get that message out onto the streets. From the quietly
sublime to the crazily anarchic, the ways in which you can mark BND are
only limited by the imperative not to spend. Strut your stuff as if the
fate of whole planet is resting in your hands, because even if each of
us only does one small things to contribute, 96,847 small things sure
At the BND campaign headquarters - that’s http://www.adbusters.org/bnd -
we’ve already featured upcoming actions in Japan, the UK, Canada, and
the USA, with more to come from all over the world, including Brazil,
Colombia, Denmark, Hungary, Spain and Sweden. You can also download
posters and other resources, as well as connect with activists in your
own little corner of the globe.
Remember: Make a scene. Make people laugh. Make them think. If you have
to, make them angry. Just get out there.
THE BUY NOTHING DAY TEAM
P.S. Remember to send your songs, photos, posters and video to
firstname.lastname@example.org — we’ll feature everything we can at adbusters.org,
and the best will find there way into our BND 2006 wrapup in the next
issue of the magazine.