You will probably call me Grinch or kill joy, but I really feel there’s a need to reassess the way we celebrate Christmas. No, I’m not complaining about the “crass commercialism” that Christmas has gone down to. The flow of commerce is important if we are to create jobs and all that, but is there a way we could celebrate it in less environmentally harmful ways?
I’m no certified tree hugger (well, I did hug trees when I still enjoyed tree climbing as hobby and that was years ago), but I do think a paradigm shift is in order. But I won’t preach to you guys, but let me share here how I do Christmas with less carbon footprint.
I won’t shoot or light firecrackers, for obvious reasons.
I don’t have Christmas lights to help minimize the burning of fossil for electricity. I don’t have any Christmas tree, either. I find it so artificial.
I don’t wrap the gifts I give. Those wrappers always end up as tons of wastes in the dumps.
I minimize travel to minimize vehicular emissions.
I avoid excessive consumption for my health’s sake. Haha!
To celebrate Christmas, I only pray in silence, and read books to nourish my soul.
Would that make a difference? I don’t know, but if many of us adopt some of these measures, the world will be a better place and Al Gore wouldn’t think he is a failure.
Merry Christmas to all!