It's almost december again & that means Christmas for a lot of people. & these days Christmas = consumption for the greater part of the Western world. Last year the average swede spent 3000 skr (about 315 euro) on christmas gifts. Many of the things that were bought for this money were made in sweat shops in the third world, by workers deprived of their basic human rights.
I think it's time that we take a step back & look at the jolly season for what it is - a time for sensless spending of money we don't have, on things that we don't need. What we need is to realize that the way we live, eat & shop is based upon the work of others & that it's time to pay the real price for it. So, I'm thinking that this year I'm at least gonna try to make an effort, by creating my own gifts (guess what, haha), giving gifts that are activating in some way or buy them att the fair trade market En schysst jul! that takes place at ABF-huset, Stockholm 8-9 of december. I think you should too.