Pratham Golcha, Green Blogger

According to an online journal platform, “’Buy Nothing Day’ is an international holiday of protest—a global resistance against Black Friday, mainly intended to highlight and recognize the devastating impact of consumerism on our planet.” It would take place on 27th November in the year 2020. The mission of this day is simple- not to buy anything or go shopping for 24 hours. The main motive of this day is to influence people to get turned off by the commercialism. It was founded in the year 1992 in Canada to keep a check on overconsumption. More than 65 countries across the world, mostly in Europe and America take part. After the U.S Thanksgiving day is over, this day is celebrated in the subsequent day there; whereas in Europe, it is celebrated on the last Saturday of November. In today’s age of commercialism, it is important to keep a check on anything excessive, and take care of our planet in return, because it is nature’s law that anything in excess and everything in moderation is the way of life. One of the features the Buy Nothing Day is a ‘Zombie Walk’, which means to walk around malls and shops but buy nothing. Also, many awareness campaigns, educating people about the main motive of the observance of the day are held mainly across Scandinavian countries. Credit card cut-ups are also encouraged on this day to keep the rising debts in check. It is mainly important in North America, because according to statistics, they consume 5 times more than a Mexican, 10 times more than a Chinese and 30 times more than an individual from India. We mainly need this day in our present times so that we keep a necessary check on the wastes of the society. Psychologically, nowadays we equate increased consumption with increased happiness, but that’s just contrary to our general perception. So, to keep our ids or pleasure-seeking intentions in proper check, we must observe this day once a year. In Indian society, it is reckoned that we must spread our legs to only an extent to which the blanket can fit in, which means not going overboard in one’s means of livelihood. It also is relevant to inculcate the habit of spending wisely, as and when required.

About the Author: Pratham Golcha is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nagpur University, India. He is a writer, orator, MUN Chairperson across the world, Chief Facilitator of UN SDG courses, international research paper presenter, blogger and podcaster.