Driving hybrid cars and limiting industrial emissions is great‚ but they are band–aid solutions if we don’t address the core problem: we have to consume less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day.
I kind of love Buy Nothing Day. I mean, ophthalmologist I know when you don’t have much money then most days are Buy Nothing Day but I like to talk about it with people and try to make them understand why I think it is important. For my job I post a lot of articles in a forum and try and get intelligent discussions going. Because of a school contest that is going on right now there are a lot of teenagers on the website and so having intelligent discussions isn’t as easy as one would hope. One of the messages I try to convey (besides crediting your sources you little plagiarizers!) is that most issues can be boiled down to economics. The real vote is with your dollar and you don’t have to wait until you are 18 to make a difference. This is especially true for corporations because what they really care about is the bottom line. This is why eco-shopping is so popular right now – because there is money to be made from being environmentally friendly. Environmental issues are given more attention when it makes economic sense for companies – and people – to take action. Sad but true.
And this is why I think Buy Nothing Day is important. It is a way for people to step back and think about why they shop and what they buy. It isn’t just about buying environmentally friendly products that you still don’t need – it’s about buying nothing, for one whole day and many people are amazed at how hard that can be.