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While most would be hard-pressed to find a silver-lining in the current economic crisis, there just may be a green lining: The Green Bailout. Hard times can create greener times. Here's how journalist Christopher Ketcham sees it: "The benefits of the descent are manifold but tacitly unrecognized: the malls no longer trap rats with credit cards, the casinos no longer suck blood from the arms of degenerates, the lousy restaurants no longer make you nauseous for $100 a plate (gasp—the Times reports that the ungrateful citizens are eating at home!), the retailers no longer ask you to throw away perfectly good shoes, the jewelers no longer sell to serious adults the silly shiny trinkets meant for the pleasure of cretins, the auto dealerships no longer peddle cars half as efficient as last year's model, the cellphone hawkers no longer sell the I3869Zed Super-Iphone to burn out the brains and tire the ears, the home builders no longer slap-dab junk homes in exurban fields meant for farms that can sustain something we once called the future."

We can do without and the planet will thank us for it. As Fight Club'sTyler Durden sez: "You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet."

To get you started: 50 ways to challenge over-commercialism.