Thursday Thirteen is a highly motivated, intelligent and organized group of about 200 participants who could change the world by starting in their own homes and encouraging their spouses and families to self regulate their consumer habits and communicate change with each other. Remember money talks. Stop spending and the rich and powerful will listen! The action does not have to be permanent: just until the lack of shopping produces innovation in our products and a return to natural food production and cooperation.
With a dozen simple possibly temporary sacrifices...we can turn around this grave situation.
Isn't the most spiritual action we can take an act of sacrifice?
1) Demand my politicians create a $1 dollar a gallon gas tax.
2) Stop buying products made by fossil fuels. (camera film, clothes, fertilizers, some medicines, paints, cds, dvds, bedding)
3)Take public transit.
4)Buy second hand when needing to make major purchases.
5)Demand high land taxes for residences outside cities, especially secondary properties.
6)Eat organic, wild, non-grain fed animals.
7)Investigate manufacturing techniques before I buy a product. Ask large corporations and Franchises how and where their products are made and tell them I won't shop there unless they promote my manufacturing concerns(McDonalds, Walmart, Starbucks, GAP)
8)Preserve sunlight. Golf courses and paved roads are spaces that divert or waste sunlight. Encourage abandoning such wastes.
9) Buy locally made products therefore avoiding the fossil fuels used to transport products.
10)Eliminate nutrient poor, processed foods from my diet. (noodles, bread, rice, corn, cereal, like golf courses, this is a waste of sunlight)
11)Watch my garbage. Germany and Sweden have almost no actual garbage: everything is recyclable.
12) Inspire others to communicate and share a commitment to stop supporting farm foods and oil usage. Blog about it.
13)Share and protect water. Most of the worlds freshwater in rivers and lakes is already being utilized for irrigation, domestic and industiral water, and in situ uses such as boat transportation corridors, fisheries and recreation. Rivers and lakes that are already utilized are mostly far from major population centers and likely users, such as Northwestern Australia, Siberia and Iceland. Throughout the world, freshwater underground aquifers are being depleted at rates faster than they are being naturally replenished, so that they will eventually dwindle. Of course, freshwater can be made by desalination of seawater, but that costs money and energy, as does pumping the resulting desalinated water inland for use. Hence desalination, while it is useful locally, is too expensive to solve most of the worlds water shortages. The Anasazi and Maya were among past societies to be undone by water problems, while today over a billion people lack access to reliable safe drinking water. From Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond.