26 November 2011 - 9:00am

Saturday November 26th is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.

Upcoming events

8 May 16

Since May 2015 clean energy technology has been sidelined in favour of a dash for gas, susbsidies for clean energy have been cut (including the cut this week to solar thermal subsidy) and roads and runways have been pushed through despite strong local opposition. So what better way to mark the government's one year anniversary than to march - backwards - down Whitehall?

A creative and colourful protest that will make a serious point: we're running out of time to act on climate change, and we can't afford to go backwards.

9 May 16

The Last Taboo: What to do about the global sanitation crisis? with Maggie Black

16 May 16
What is finance really for? How much of it do we need, and what kind? Does creating a safe and useful financial sector require much more radical reform than governments have yet been prepared to contemplate?
The financial sector has been through a bruising period since the crash of 2008/9. But not as bruising as the real economy, with public deficits and unemployment rising and living standards falling in the aftermath of the banking crisis.
19 May 16

In 2014 the Conservatives announced they would scrap the Human Rights Act, withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and introduce a new British Bill of Rights. More recently, Government chatter has focused on upgrading the Supreme Court into a “constitutional court” empowered to overrule EU laws, thereby ‘repatriating ’ rights back to the UK.

So how much of this has the Government actually implemented? More importantly, how would such changes impact on the rights of UK citizens at work, in society and in the economy?

23 May 16

The Global Empowerment of Women: a political struggle for more equitable distribution of power and resources with Pilar Domingo