Tomorrow, Friday November 25, is BUY NOTHING DAY, an international day of protest against consumerism. Started in Vancouver in 1992, BUY NOTHING DAY is now celebrated in over 60 countries. In North America, it takes place on the Friday after American Thanksgiving, the day that marks the beginning of the Christmas consumer-spending splurge–one of the top 10 busiest shopping days in the US and Canada. In the rest of the world it takes place on the following Saturday.
What is BUY NOTHING DAY?
●A 24 hour holiday from shopping ●A respite from the rigours of the consumer economy ●A global moratorium on consumer spending ●A pause from shopping for reflection ●A protest against the unequal distribution of wealth in our country and worldwide ●A protest against the damaging effects of overconsumption on the environment and our lives.
Take part in BUY NOTHING DAY:
Spend a day without spending!
The best thing is IT’S FREE!!
CONSUMERISM = DISASTER
- Our consumerist economic system is based on corporate greed-driven priorities, rather than the interests of all Canadians. It has led us to the brink of financial disaster: massive job losses, rising energy costs, skyrocketing rents, a housing crisis, increased food prices, extreme wealth disparity.
Dependent on unsustainable consumer spending as the engine of economic growth, this same economic system has taken us to the very edge of an even more ominous crisis: an environmental disaster. Our reckless consumption–all that stuff we buy–is depleting the earth’s resources and polluting the environment.
A QUIZ FOR SHOPPERS:
8 QUESTIONS TO ASK EVERY TIME WE GO SHOPPING
Do I need it?
- How long will it last?
- Could I borrow it from a friend or family member?
- Can I get it second hand?
- How will I dispose of it when I’m done using it?
- What resources have been used to produce it?
- Are those resources renewable or nonrenewable?
- Is it made from recycled materials and is it recyclable?
ALTERNATIVES TO SHOPPING
OR HOW TO FIND TRUE HAPPINESS
Studies show that, after basic needs are met, real happiness comes, not from all that stuff we buy, but rather from such things as ●fulfilling social relationships ●engagement with community ●creative activities ●exercise ●mental and spiritual enrichment ●contact with nature ●activism (we’d be really happy if you joined us at the vigil☺).
We can get out of the rat race by putting a stop to unnecessary shopping. When we are not pressured to work to pay for pointless stuff –a new outfit, a bigger car, the latest gadget–we have more time for activities that can give us lasting happiness.
OCCUPY REGINA, WE THANK YOU
We are grateful to you for helping us to understand how a consumerist economic system works. Thanks to you and other participants in the Occupy movement, we now know that
Income inequality in Canada is the worst it has ever been.
- Corporate power has undermined democratic ideals at all levels of government in Canada and is destroying the environment.
We salute you for standing against injustice and inequality. And we thank you for standing up for the rest of us, the 99%. It could not have been easy. Yet you stood firm, unshaken by the hostility of the powerful 1% or by bitter winter weather. We are in awe of your courage and fortitude.
THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT CONTINUES
On November 10, the City of Regina served Occupy Regina with eviction notices, citing infringement of the City’s Parks and Open Space bylaw. This bylaw is not intended to violate constitutional rights. However, enforcing it in the case of the Occupy movement does just that: violate the protesters Charter rights to freedom of conscience, of expression, of peaceful assembly, and of association.
City officials also cited “health and safety issues.” If the city had in fact been concerned about the health and safety of the occupiers, it would not have cut electricity to the park or removed Occupy Regina’s portable toilet.
Despite eviction notices, the Occupy movement lives on in Regina and elsewhere. You can evict people, but
YOU CAN’T EVICT AN IDEA