For example… we can stop taking flights needlessly. Take the train, coach, drive, or stay at home. If we don’t want to be sexually abused, irradiated, provide iris and fingerprint scans for their databanks, do not pay to do so. Withhold money. Money is the only language businesses understand. Cut off their supply until those who practise bad or unethical business cannot go on. Tell them why. A very brief and nonchalant email is all that is required, and it sends a powerful message. Very soon, their bottom line will be reached. Shareholders ‘Sell’. Panic sets in, and then, and only then, will people be listened to – and soon.
Another example is food. If you have a query relating to a product, find the name and email address (very easy to do) of the Managing Director or Marketing Manager of the company. Email them, asking, for instance, “Does your product contain x?” or “Is your product GMO?” If they don’t respond within a week or so, do it again. (There’s no need to go to great time, trouble and expense marching around the capital with banners and be ignored deliberately anyway by the Media.) If the company says, “No, it doesn’t contain x”, or, “No, it is not GMO”, we can thank them for replying and say we will continue to use their product. If they say, “Yes, it does contain traces of x”, or “Yes, it does contain GMO components”, email them back and thank them for replying and tell them you will be boycotting their product/company until x is removed, or until they change their policy. Then cut off their money supply / their lifeline. It is important to let the company know why their profit is nosediving. If we do this en masse, things will start to improve.
Boycott the TV. Get rid of it. The world will still turn. Find healthier ways to pass the time. Go for walks; spend time with the children. ‘Adopt’ an elderly or disabled neighbour; offer to shop once a week for them, tidy their garden, decorate or do jobs for them. Get the children or grandchildren involved, and give meaning to their lives. There are many things we can do that don’t cost money or involve sitting comatosed and hypnotised and shovelling shit.
Boycott ‘news’papers and magazines – it’s all lies, propaganda and advertising.
Boycott the mobile phone. Get rid. (I can dream…) We managed very well without them once, and we can do again. Using electronic methods to pay for products and services means that much-needed jobs become extinct. And we cannot so easily withhold money if it is taken from our account automatically. Pay with cash.
Boycott Facebook. Delete the account, and stop Tweeting nonsense. Boycott ‘this year’s’ ‘must-have’, piece-of-plastic crap.
Boycott ‘Fashion’. We need very few clothes and probably already have enough to last us for years. We can stop paying ridiculous prices for unnecessary garments, or cheap prices for slave-made, resource-depleting, long-distance-travelled tat. Buy local, and locally made (and grown, in the case of food) whenever possible. Try hard.
Boycott fragrances and make-up. People look more beautiful and smell much better without it. A bar of soap lasts a long time, takes pressure of the Earth, and shouldn’t necessitate unthinkable cruelty to animals.
Boycott chemical cleaning products. Find a used-up spray bottle and fill it with vinegar. Once a surface is cleaned with vinegar, all it needs is hot water to maintain it, with occasional use of a tiny bit of washing-up liquid (dish soap), vinegar or bicarb. Use up all products first.
Boycott religion – just love one another.
Boycott (commercially) Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, etc, etc. I don’t spend one penny on these corporate greedfests. We should gift people when, if and how we want to.
Boycott voting – nuff said. Boycott vaccinations – ditto.
Boycott student debt – learn a useful trade.
Boycott any investment in what other people may think of you, especially as you start to ‘go your own way’ more – ignore their programmed and synthetic responses. Lead by example.
We read so much about what is wrong with the system. How can we complain when we are feeding it? The few ideas and suggestions above are effortless, and will save us shedloads of time and money – time and money which we can use, for instance, to support our family members when they gain the courage to boycott their unethical or detrimental jobs while they look for more satisfying ones.
Revolution? Piece of cake (IMO).