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Spend a day without spending! The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in 1992 to draw attention to the role played by advertising in overconsumption in the developed world. It has since grown into an international effort to underscore the environmental, ethical and social consequences of consumerism. Celebrated in North America on the Friday immediately following US Thanksgiving, Buy Nothing Day marks what has traditionally become known as the first day of the Christmas shopping season. It is an excellent occasion to stop and think about the serious effects that ‘what’ and ‘how much’ we buy are having on the environment and on those living in the developing world where much of what we consume is produced.
In anticipation of Buy Nothing Day 2019, teachers and students from around the world can explore the benefits of consuming less, re-using more and challenging companies to put sustainability and quality of life ahead of profit.
WHY CARE ABOUT OUR HABITS AS CONSUMERS?
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Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Buy Nothing Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to further explore issues related to consumerism.
For more information on activities taking place around the world check out Buy Nothing Day.