Black Friday 2019 vs FridaysForFuture or GreenFridaysForNature?

For Black Friday 2019 I invite YOU to renounce one Item, and we put money together to support an environmental Project. Each of us can propose a Project she/he knows, and we will decide democratically where the money will go. Please share this post with your family, friends, colleagues… Let us discuss, and we can try to support the wonderful work of Yacouba Sawadogo.

Every Year the same: The Friday after Thanksgiving will be among the year’s busiest days for online shops and retailers. Many People have been waiting for this day called Black Friday to get discount rates and deals that sound excessive and unbelievable. Sure it’s a great opportunity to get a one time deal, but is it really worth to buy things just because they are cheap?

Another special Friday is “FridaysForFuture“, this movement inspired by the Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg: Every Friday thousands of young people around the world go on the streets to protest for more actions on climate change. I’m sure more people heard about the black Friday or Cyber Monday than about the movement “FridaysForFuture”. Why?

To make things clear first: I’m not judging the movement: is it the wright, is someone else behind this movement… Those are not the topics here. I respect all those young people included the initiator, who take the courage to ask for a Better Tomorrow. To fight for a better future is honorable. We all know those people in the history of humanity who have fight for us to have a better life. Everyone can think about his favorite hero. The fact is: one big problem of humanity right now is the impacts of our actions on the environment. And what has this to do with Black Friday?

Black Friday 2019 and Environment

The hype of getting things for a lower price brings us to buy and buy more. Even items we don’t need. The consequences for nature and the economy are terrible. If we continue like that, soon we will need another earth to get our resources. And one of the demands of those young people on a street is a sustainable use of our natural resources: water, forests, air…

No wonder that Black Friday is so popular and FridaysForFuture not really. Those red discount signs in the shops make us run made. They don’t let us time to analyze: do I need it really? This is not a good question for this Day. We just take it. This is not much different from drugs. On the other side, they want us to save energy, produce less waste, consume less meat… all those rules sound restrictive. Sure fewer people will listen to those young people on the streets.

This topic of climate change is definitely very old and so controversial right now. Even scientists are not all talking on the same level about the topic. Facts are:

  • we need air (oxygen) to breath
  • we need trees for rainwater and for the micro climate
  • we clean water for drinking, cooking…
  • Just to name few

African countries went through a hart dry period in the 1970s. In this time a man named Yacouba Sawadogo has decided to plant trees and restore the forests because he was and is convinced that those trees are the key to a good climate. He needed more than 30 years to be known, but in this time things have not changed (not for the better). 2018 Yacouba Sawadogo won the ‘alternative Nobel’ for his drought-fighting technique.

I had the chance to meet this humble person many times and one time he told me one day: “My son I have tried my best but now my time is over. I hope you people will understand my work and continue where I stopped”. This man has sacrificed all his life to plant trees and maintain them, bring animals back in his forest. He has been fighting to restore the nature other people are destroying. I want today to give to message to every time and invite everyone to be a little beat Yacouba Saawadogo. Together we can try to restore our nature

For Black Friday 2019 I invite YOU to renounce one Item, and we put money together to support an environment Project. Each of us can propose a Project he/she knows, and we will decide democratically where the money will go. Please share this post with your family, friends, colleagues… Let us discuss, and we can try to support the wonderful work of Yacouba Sawadogo.

I would be grateful to find someone to this campaign with me.

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