International buy nothing day was marked by several members of the public today at st lukes mall. They handed out pamphlets asking people to "Live A Little and Buy Nothing" as well as offering free budgeting services. The day is the start of the official christmas shopping period and inside the mall santa was taking the stage along with a full show. Outside those marking buy nothing day talked to people about alternatives to buying christmas presents and the real impacts of our purchases. One family talked to us about how "they never buy christmas presents" and how for them "every day day was buy nothing day"
Handing out leaflets to motorists and passers by.
"If the world was to consume like the affluent West, we'd need 3 more planets worth of resources to sustain our lifestyles.A 1998 UNDP report points out that one child in a developed country will consume, waste and pollute the equivalent of more than 50 children in a developing country. "