How to get free stuff on Earth Day

April 22, 2010
Cross-posted from The Practical Radical

If you want the free stuff – mostly in the States I am thinking – click How to get free stuff on Earth Day. Personally, I think I am going for the Babies R Us free reusable tote bag plus 25% discount off all the clothing and shoes you can fit into the bag. That will make a good gift.

Yes, Earth Day is way over commercialized and just plain cheesy – big noise, small impact. Still, it plays a part, and no, i won’t give you list of 15 things you can do. How do i know what you can do?

I will give you a non-Earth Day two-part challenge (whatever you do, DO NOT do these on Earth Day!):

1. Make every day/minute/second ethical decisions about your life, no matter what your station is in society.

2. Learn, read, learn, log on and read, more about the issues so you have the context to make your own informed ethical decisions.

No matter how close we are to disaster, we will make the world a better place incrementally, with small decisions that collectively move us to big ones.

Have a happy Earth Day!

p.s. Here is what i have read that gives me context for my ethical decisions. (taken from a great website)

1. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
2. More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.

3. As the graph above demonstrates, half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day and approximately 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.


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I am practical by nature, radical by design. I believe in patterns not lines; paradox not certainty; and the chaotic not the orderly.
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2 Responses to How to get free stuff on Earth Day

  1. Shannon says:

    Isn’t promoting “free stuff” just pushing consumerism for the sake of consumerism, which is inherently unsustainable? Just a thought.

    • Thanks for the post. I meant the blog to be written with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Yet, beyond the sarcasm, i believe that often the sustainability community is so purist that people dismiss it, and change isn’t effected. People are concerned about finances, they like free things. If somehow you ignore completely that part of the equation – the day to day needs of people – they ignore you.

      Interestingly enough on my own blog, the link to the free stuff was the highest ever hits i have had.

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