When I turned on my computer today, I had 8 emails from vendors announcing special low prices — Black Friday deals — available all week. I waded through the Black Friday junk mail, tapping away at my delete button, to find the one email I sought: the message from my neighbor with the menu, schedule and guest list for Thursday’s Thanksgiving gathering….
Leading up to the holiday season, it’s hard to remember that there are things better, or more important, than shopping. You want to make sure everyone gets the perfect gift, stores bombard you with sales, and everyone else seems to be shopping, right?
Well, we want to show the world that there are better things to do than spend the day at the mall buying more stuff! Can you help us?
Tell us what you think is better than shopping — it could be spending time with your family, going for a hike… anything! We’ll use your photos to tell the story of people who’ve committed to #buynothing this holiday season.
- Print out the #buynothing sign.
- Write your favorite activity in the blank. (example: “Sharing is better than shopping.”)
- Take a picture and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I used to think the truth would set us free. Like many who care about the environment, I spent years thinking that information would lead to change. So I wrote reports, gave speeches, even testified before Congress.
Some things changed. Sadly, the big picture didn’t….
Over the past several years, Walmart — the largest retailer in the United States by a factor of, well, a lot — has paraded out a series of sustainability initiatives, from energy efficient lighting in its stores to, more recently, a much-touted effort to bring fresh food to urban areas….
Here at the Story of Stuff Project, we celebrate the fact that our movies have inspired millions around the world—from Brazil and South Africa to the UK and India and everywhere in between. But while many members of the Story of Stuff community don’t live in the United States, we’ve chosen to focus our advocacy efforts here in our home country.
Here are just a couple of the reasons why:…
Originally Posted at EarthTrack, which works to make government subsidies that harm the environment easier to see, value, and eliminate.
Like implant dentists or utility accountants, subsidy wonks go to trade meetings (yes, meetings on natural resource subsidies do exist) to find people who talk our language. In that “safe” space, we can be met with a knowing nod as we wax poetic on the difference between revenue loss and outlay equivalents, or what is missing from a price gap estimate….
Originally posted at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.
The Occupy demonstrations have raised a central issue that we must confront: how does capital get invested and who is controlling the process?…
The Story of Broke couldn’t come at a more relevant time. Before Thanksgiving, the Congressional Supercommittee will propose a plan on how to bridge a $1.2 trillion budget gap – and if they don’t, the country will face a series of draconian, across-the-board budget cuts.
With sky-high unemployment and our social safety net in tatters, it’s no wonder many of us feel a collective sense of desperation. But as Annie points out, we aren’t broke…
“They got bailed out; we got sold out!”
The chant rang in my ears as I marched with my 12-year-old daughter and thousands of my fellow citizens through the streets of Oakland last week….
Last week, I finally got to meet the people at the New Economics Foundation, whose motto is “economics as if people and the planet mattered.”
These are the guys in London who create the fascinating Happy Planet Index, or HPI, which evaluates countries based on 3 components: their level of health, level of well-being and rate of resource consumption. Basically, the HPI is a measure of how effectively a country converts resources into human well being. As you can see from the HPI map, some countries do this very efficiently and some countries – like mine – less so.