Green Drinks November Forum: Why Not Make A List of Things You Don't Need to Buy?
- 09-11-2017 19:00 - 21:00
- WeWork@Yanping Lu, Shanghai
Black Friday (United States) and Singles’ Day (China) are round the corner. This is the period of time when you are bombarded with information in public places and on the internet, telling you what you need to buy and what you shouldn’t miss. Advertising creates desire to make you buy things you do not really need. This drives (over)consumption, and medical technologies, like neuromarketing are only making it incredibly harder to resist new products in the era of show-off and social acceptance from being trendy.
Not only does it cost a great deal of your time, money and space (in the home or office), overconsumption also directly connects to exploitation of natural resources, with disproportionate resource a factor contributing to climate change. If we apply the lifestyle of an average citizen from a developed country to everyone in the developing world, one earth would not be able to provide enough resources. As Mahatma Gandhi mentioned, “Nature has enough for man’s needs, but not enough for man’s greed.”
Thus, instead of purchasing material belongings to gain emotional thrills, November may be the perfect time for you to confront your shopping habits. Pick this day, log out of that e-commerce website you browse every morning, close your wallet, and start making a list of things you do not need to buy, especially those that are being promoted to you over the last few weeks.
Some questions we would be looking to answer in this forum:
- How has technology been shaping the trend of consumption?
- What are the social and environmental factors resulting from overconsumption?
- When do you know you’ve over-consumed and how to stop it?
- How to adopt a way of simple-living?