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Monday, November 23, 2009

Buy Nothing Day This Friday

(There are many ways to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving, other than flocking to the malls. I'll be taking part in the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange and Drumming Event in Providence, RI, and the following note comes from my friend Phil, who is one of the organizers of the event. Happy Thanksgiving to all.)

Here in Providence on Friday November 27th we observe Buy Nothing Day for the thirteenth year in a row by holding a life-affirming winter coat exchange on the State House lawn, directly across from Providence Place Mall from 10AM-2PM. In case of inclement weather, the exchange will take place at St. John's Cathedral opposite the park on N. Main St Those who have winter coats to give can just drop them off; those needing a winter coat can pick one up. Coat exchanges also take place in Pawtucket, Newport, Wakefield, and Woonsocket. Volunteers are needed at all the sites.

Drummers will be joining us = feel free to bring percussion or other instruments...

Providence: Greg Gerritt: 331-0529;; Phil Edmonds 461-3683;

Other Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange sites:

Pawtucket - Arthur Pitt 724-8915;

Other venues: Newport – St Paul's Church 12 West Marlborough St. Maggie Bulmer 849-3537.

Woonsocket St Ann’s Arts and Cultural Center 84 Cumberland Street. Roger Bonin 728-8328

Wakefield --St. Francis Church, 114 High Street. 10AM to noon Tom Abbott 364-0778

Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange November 27th

If you need a winter coat, come pick one up.

If you have a coat to donate, please drop off.

On November 27th – the busiest day in the American retail calendar and the unofficial start of the international Christmas-shopping season – thousands of activists and concerned citizens in 65 countries will take a 24-hour consumer detox as part of the annual Buy Nothing Day, a global phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada.

Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the Adbusters Media Foundation, which was responsible for turning Buy Nothing Day into an international annual event, said, “Our headlong plunge into ecological collapse requires a profound shift in the way we see things. 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.”

One may ask: “instead of buying nothing on November 27th, shouldn’t we be spending more so as to save our economy?” Attempts to shore up our present economy are futile. Our globalized consumer-orientated economic system is crumbling and the signs for global catastrophes are already here, as our planet’s natural resources are plundered, Can we face it? Can we really face the reality that this is so?

So what can we do? It will take vision and experimentation to develop new economies based on localization, where much of what we buy is produced locally, and of course, we have to consume much less. On November 27th, join people from sixty five countries by buying nothing and sending a clear message that over-consumption is one of the main causes for our planetary crisis.

Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing our habits for one day, but about starting a lasting lifelong commitment to consuming less and producing less waste.


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