Are You Buying Less To Get More?

I got an interesting e-mail the other day from a graduate student at the City University of New York. Kirsten Firminger is enrolled in CUNY’s Social Psychology program and she’s looking for volunteers in the New York metro area to participate in an online research survey about buying less. Rather than focus on people who are buying less because of the recession, she is looking for people who have voluntarily chosen to reduce how much they buy.

Kirsten says the purpose of her research is to get a better understanding of how people learn to buy less and what barriers and supports people have encountered while trying to voluntarily buy less. She also says:

It does not matter how long you have been buying less or how successful you have been — I am interested in learning about all the different experiences people have had. Similarly, I would like to hear from people who have chosen to buy less for a variety of reasons. You could be buying less because you are:

  • Concerned about the environment
  • Looking to save money or be financially independent
  • Want to live a simpler, less materialistic lifestyle
  • Unhappy with the influence and conduct of corporations or businesses
  • Whatever the reason you choose to voluntarily buy less, I am interested in what you have to say.

In order to participate, you need to:

  • be currently living in the New York City Metro area,
  • have voluntarily chosen to buy less, and
  • be over the age of 18.

For more information and to participate, please click here.

Kirsten says the survey takes around 15 – 25 minutes to fill out. Participation is voluntary and all information provided will be treated as confidential. She can be reached at kfirminger[AT]gc.cuny.edu or 718-238-1803.

Vote ‘Yes’ Tuesday on Public Question 1

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is calling on voters to go to the polls tomorrow and vote YES on Public Question #1. This is the ballot question that will assure continued funding for Green Acres, farmland preservation and historic preservation, and yes, you have been asked to support this initiative many times over the last four decades. And it has worked: According to NOFA-NJ, more than 1,800 farms totaling 176,500 acres have been preserved since the first open space ballot in 1961.

More remains to be done. As David and Michelle Glenn, NOFA-NJ’s co-executive directors, wrote in an email to me this morning:

On Election Day, Nov. 3, voters can decide whether we will remain the Garden State or be doomed to the Strip Mall State. Now is truly the time to “choose it or lose it!”