Buy Nothing Day
The first ever Buy Nothing Day was held in Canada on 1992. Buy Nothing Day was organized as a day where no goods would be purchased, and as a result of this boycott of goods it would raise awareness of the ethical and environmental implications of overconsumption. This is a great and innovative idea that gives publicity to a neglected issue, which is the implications of overconsumption. Nowadays people do not realize how much damage overconsumption actually does to our world. They fail to realize that their brand new Nike sneakers were made by child labor in a crammed sweatshop somewhere in Asia. They fail to realize how much pollution was released into the environment from mass production in factories, so that they could have cheap goods. Buy Nothing Day is a great way to shed light on the consequences of our overconsumption.
First off, a day in which not a single good is purchased would definitely get the attention of the cruel businesses that commit these crimes. If businesses saw all the consumer activity halt for a day, it would get their attention; they would see how serious people are about issues such as pollution, sweatshops, and child labor. This would give these businesses a reality check, and force them to change these practices, if not for the ethical reasons than for the money they would ultimately lose. It would show businesses that we care and push them into changing.
An event as big as this, where a whole country stops purchasing goods would also receive global media coverage. Just the pure fact that Buy Nothing Day would receive media coverage would be a victory in itself, since the consequences of overconsumption would be seen on TVs around the world. This worldwide attention would inform millions worldwide of the consequences of consumption. We would see shocking images of perilous mines filled with the sad and dirty faces of innocent children working for a few dollars a day. Images like this would be seen and all around...
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