“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.”
– Fawzi Ibrahim
Today is Buy Nothing Day- an event in reaction to Black Friday, a comment about overconsumption and capitalism. The image (above) is provided by Adbusters, a culture jamming collective in Vancouver that ironically publishes and distributes a weighted artsy pricey magazine in revolt to capitalism. They provide many images for the public to use and promote this day, get some here. There are obviously many glitches in taking a totally anti-capitalist stance in life- namely that we are ever so entrenched in the system that alternatives are super radical and involve severe life changes that most who find the capitalist system of constant growth, profit and consumption troubling can’t actually do. Not purchasing any material good for one day a year is a way that you and I can actually do something.
I sell pottery, though very few, I am part of this system true and true. However, my pots aren’t just containers. They ask us to value that which we consume emotionally and so consume less. Love what you have and use and this will foster respect for those things, the processes that made them, the people that made them, the materials they originated from and the land those materials came from. This is why I can ask you to buy my wares and ask…
Why not take a day off?
Don’t buy anything today.
Put your money where your mouth is.