Looking at the pictures of the climate march that took place here in NYC this past Sunday, September 21st, I feel reinvigorated about the mission of NeighborGoods and my belief that at the end of the day, it is the actions of individuals and communities that will foster real change in this country and around the world.
The one area that is (mostly) under our control, is how we live day-to-day and the decisions we make as consumers. After all, it is often stated that consumer spending accounts for 70% of the U.S. economy, so how we choose to spend will ultimately influence what is so hard to influence through the ballot box, regulations, or pressure on corporations (through actions like divestment) and why more than 300,000 people took to the streets of NYC yesterday.
Every time we share goods, we are reducing the need for one more good to be produced and distributed for sale or rental and in effect sending a message to companies and governments that continue to promote the status quo that the ever increasing production and consumption of new consumer goods is essential for "economic growth." We are starting to change that paradigm!
So I feel positive, and you should too, every time you loan and borrow a good with a neighbor, friend, community group, or even a small business. Let's keep building what we've started here and spread the word that goods-sharing is good for the climate and good for our communities.
Alan P. Berger
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