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November 24, 2021

Buy Nothing 2021 #4

Hey all you troubled souls out there,

We, the rich one billion, must change our lifestyles if humanity is going to have any kind of future. Each one of us gobbles three times as many resources as someone in China, ten times as much as someone in India and fifteen times as much as someone in Africa. We puke plastic and crap carbon. The problem is us!

Buy Nothing Day is a chance to start putting things right — with ourselves and our whole consumer culture.

Take the plunge!

Commit to not spending a dime for 24 hours. Fingers off the wallet, the swipe cards, the electronic shopping cart. Hang in there as the day burns down. Find out what that feels like. See how addicted to consumption you really are, how the cravings are almost impossible to resist.

By suppertime, like millions of people who have taken the Buy Nothing Day challenge before you, you may find you’ve had a life-changing epiphany.

You may then decide to go further. To change the way you negotiate Christmas. To keep downshifting through New Year’s and into the Year of the Tiger.

To bugle this message to all the world.

This Buy Nothing Day, let the renewal begin.

The Third Force

November 23, 2021

Buy Nothing 2021 #3

Hey all you lovely people,

Can you believe the words “fossil” and “fuels” — together — were included in the COP26 final communiqué.

That’s right. For the first time in 30 years of summit meetings, negotiators dared mention the number-one (not-so-secret) source of climate-warping, humanity-imperiling greenhouse gases.

This lays bare how colossally our world leaders have mishandled the climate crisis for the last 25 years.

“Overconsumption” by the richest one billion people on the planet was another missing word in the communiqué.

We keep pointing our fingers at other countries, but your average American consumes three times as much as someone in China, and ten times as much as a someone in India. We are the most voracious consumers in the world. The problem is us!

Friday, November 26th is Black Friday — or as we like to call it, Buy Nothing Day — is a good place to begin curbing our appetites.

Here are some ways to go:

Take the personal plunge. Vow not to buy anything for 24 hours. Leave your phone and wallet at home. Don’t go to work. Walk out of school. Find out what that feels like. Halfway through the day, surprise! . . . you may have an epiphany.

Spread some activist mischief. Take part in a direct action. Make a show of cutting up one of your your credit cards. Clog up the big-box queues with a Whirly-mart conga line of empty carts. Walk through the mall like a brainless zombie. Anything to disrupt the buying frenzy.

Become a Third-Force revolutionary. Vow to live simply. Go vegan. Get a bike. Share your stuff. Think about how far you’d go to stave off a long dark age. Would you block a road? Get arrested? Even blow up a pipeline?

We’re running out of time to make things good.

So start something on Buy Nothing Day!

The Third Force

November 18, 2021

Buy Nothing 2021 #2

Hey all you comfy souls out there!

This Friday is Full Beaver Moonday.

That means this month’s full moon falls exactly one week before Black Friday — or as we at Culture Jammers HQ like to call it, Buy Nothing Day.

So, in the screen-free light of the full moon (and in the post-COP26 darkness), take a minute for a gut check.

Think about the thousands of generations of humans and animals that have stared at that same moon before you. Think about what it means now for our generation to be facing an existential crisis and an unknown future. What will become of that wild joyous feeling of revelling in the moonlight, hearing the wolves howl, and being as wild as your spirit moves you to be?  

And then go home and try to figure out what it all means . . . and what you’re going to do about it.

Maybe starting on Buy Nothing Day.

The Third Force

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