This seems like a timely re-blog re Black Friday shopping madness. 15,000 scientists just begged humanity to change course, for the sake of the environment we LIVE IN; we gotta make changes!
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (yet) in Australia, nor do we have Black Friday. In 2016, more than 154 million Americans shopped either online or in store, according to a National Retail federation survey from CNN, Nov 27. They spent $1.9 billion online on Thanksgiving Day and another $3.3 billion on Friday, according to Adobe. In 2014, total spending for the 4-day Thanksgiving/Black Friday holiday weekend was over $50 billion.
In 1994, I travelled through Indonesia with a flatmate from Sydney. We went to Sumatra, way off the beaten track then, and got terrible ‘Bali belly’ the day after we landed. It was the morning of an all-day bus ride up the island, and my period arrived too. So there I was, losing all my bodily fluids explosively from all holes, sitting on a crammed bus where we were the only white faces, driving further and further off into the unknown…
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I’m with you there, as someone who avoids shopping whenever possible. Rampant consumerism is not healthy for anyone! Interestingly, as I was listening to the radio on my way to my office, I heard that Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is becoming a big thing in Germany, which doesn’t celebrate American Thanksgiving (for rather obvious reasons). But nearly 20% percent of Germans do some special shopping on these dates.
strange, very strange.
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Oh no, it’s spreading like a cancer 😦
And we can only afford all our consumerism because we take so many resources (including basic fresh water) from so many millions of less fortunate people. It’s a strange nightmare indeed