Jesus said

So Jesus said, “After I’m gone I want you to celebrate my birthday by trashing an ecosystem, plant a monoculture of trees, spray it with nature damaging and destroying chemicals, wait a few years, trash the monoculture ecosystem by cutting the trees, transport the trees long distances by burning fossil fuels causing climate change, floods, heatwaves, crop failures and damnation and after a few days of celebration these dying trees can be burnt or buried releasing their toxins into the soils, water and the air. We shall call this celebration of my birth, Christmas”.

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February 1st – What has happened to all those cut down Christmas trees?

I posted this on February the 1st 2020. If you bought a Christmas tree for this year it’s something to think about.

February 1st 2020

All those cut down Christmas trees must be rotting away somewhere releasing CO2 into the atmosphere or worse still burnt and releasing toxins and particulate matter as well. Are there still pesticides residing in the houses of the people who bought them? Christmas 2021 is a long way off but give a thought to celebrating a growing living tree in your neighbourhood next season. Our relationship with the living world will be so much better for it.

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The Christmas tree and climate change

I posted this back in January but it’s just as relevant today. How Christmas is celebrated has to be reevaluated in relation to our species connection and current abuse of nature.

January 2021

I have written about this before but since most people will have forgotten all about the Christmas trees they bought and disposed of without much thought here’s a timely reminder. The tree in the photograph and countless others are now releasing CO2 into the atmosphere adding to the already very high levels not seen since before the last series of ice ages began 2.58 million years ago. That’s natural right? Well no, if the trees hadn’t been cut down they would still have been soaking up CO2 rather than releasing it. Apart from that these trees are grown as monocultures. They have replaced natural ecosystems displacing the plants and all sorts of creatures when they were planted. When they were cut down all the wildlife that had re-established itself was again disturbed and in some cases driven off. Then there are all the pesticides that were used and you brought into your home. They are not good for you or wildlife. So make a note for yourself for December 2021 to find a more environmentally way of celebrating Christmas. If you have time try to get your local authority to do the same too.

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Christmas starts to haunt us

I blogged this just after last Christmas and it’s just as relevant. If something doesn’t make us immediately sick or we don’t connect it to an illness that we might have or develop in the future then we tend not to think about what could be causing us problems. The fact is that there are a lot of pollutants associated with Christmas and some of them could be very well accumulating in our bodies. Something we should all consider.

December 31st 2020

Christmas already started to haunt us with the first pack of glitter covered Christmas cards. You’ve probably forgotten about the individual specks of glitter but they are out there somewhere in the environment adding to the countless billions of other micro and nano sized plastic particles that will eventually enter the food chains and the food we eat. Then there’s all the wrapping materials that will end up in landfills or burnt producing toxins or shipped off to a faraway land that doesn’t have proper recycling facilities and no way to deal with the waste. Then there’s all the Christmas trees now decomposing. Maybe they will end up rotting down or maybe they’ll be burnt but what of all the pesticides that they were covered in, what will happen to them? Christmas may have looked pretty but it has been very damaging to the environment.

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I left you this tree – please don’t water

I posted this last December. A small plastic Christmas tree may seem innocuous until you really start thinking about where it came from and where it will end up.

December 2020

The last occupant to the flat we moved into this summer couldn’t get back because of the corona virus to collect the last of her things. One item that remained was this small plastic Christmas tree complete with battery powered lights. As I have mentioned in some recent posts Christmas represents a great pillage of natural resources and generator of massive amounts of waste. It’s only one tree you might say but it was probably shipped to the UK from China with countless others, containers, plural, full of them. So what did we do with it? We gave it to a local charity shop and hopefully someone will have used it for Christmas 2020 and will be able to use it for many Christmases to come. We must ask ourselves though is this the best use for limited resources especially when resource extraction is causing so much climate change and pollution?

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Morges, Switzerland – a dying Christmas tree

I blogged this last December. Morges has another tree now. I can’t see why like countless other places around the world they can’t just plant a living tree and decorate it once a year. It would go a little way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

December 2020

If this dying Christmas tree can be here for the celebration of Christmas then why can’t it be here permanently? This applies to any other village, town or city that somehow celebrates by a tree’s death. It would be better if they planted a small growing tree and year on year reported on it’s growth, the amount of CO2 it was absorbing. It would outlive most of those who planted it. Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate life with a living thing rather than something that is dying?

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Happy plastic Christmas

I blogged this just over a year ago and it’s still relevant. Our relationship with the natural world is all wrong for so many reasons and on so many levels.

December 2020

Humanity has lost its way. We either have to decorate places with dying trees chain sawed out of a pesticide sprayed monoculture forest or we roll out plastic lookalikes. Why? Because it’s tradition. I don’t suppose they had plastic Christmas trees in say 1850 or in the time of Jesus so I guess it can’t be a particularly old tradition. It’s all to do with things looking nice. It doesn’t seem to matter that we are exposed to pesticides if we have real trees or are exposed to microplastics some of which at some time will come from this plastic representation of a Christmas tradition. Future and hopefully cleverer generations will look back at our uneducated and ill informed madness. We really do need to start being a bit more sensible and find better ways to celebrate the season than the ones that are currently potentially poisoning us.

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A tree is for life and not just for Christmas

I posted this after last Christmas. If you haven’t already, think about whether you need a dead pesticide covered tree in your home that is adding to the problem of climate change.

January 2020

This Christmas think about decorating a local living tree. Cutting down trees for the short season of Christmas is environmentally damaging and disturbing ecologically. If it continues to grow it will soak up more of our CO2 emissions. Literally whole communities of animals, birds and insects will be made homeless. This tradition hasn’t existed for that long and you don’t have to do it just because somebody else does it.

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The ghost of Christmas past, 2020. Where is it now?

The Christmas tree and climate change

I wrote this blog originally using a photo from Christmas 2020. Where is that tree now? Is it CO2 enhancing climate change? Where are all the pesticides that it was covered in? Christmas trees like fossil fuels should be left in the ground and preferably found not growing as monocultures.

I have written about this before but since most people will have forgotten all about the Christmas trees they bought and disposed of without much thought here’s a timely reminder. The tree in the photograph and countless others are now releasing CO2 into the atmosphere adding to the already very high levels not seen since before the last series of ice ages began 2.58 million years ago. That’s natural right? Well no, if the trees hadn’t been cut down they would still have been soaking up CO2 rather than releasing it. Apart from that these trees are grown as monocultures. They have replaced natural ecosystems displacing the plants and all sorts of creatures when they were planted. When they were cut down all the wildlife that had re-established itself was again disturbed and in some cases driven off. Then there are all the pesticides that were used and you brought into your home. They are not good for you or wildlife. So make a note for yourself for December 2021 to find a more environmentally way of celebrating Christmas. If you have time try to get your local authority to do the same too. (So as we are the 9th of December already think about not having a tree in 2022 if you have already bought one.)

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The Christmas tree chain saw massacre and it’s not just in Texas

I wrote and published this blog below almost a year ago now and in a month’s time it will be Christmas again. Since then we’ve had COP26 take place in Glasgow warning us that devastating climate change could arrive much more quickly than first envisaged. If we want to tackle climate change then one way to do so would be for communities to come together to plant Christmas trees in their villages, town and cites. That way they can be decorated each year reducing CO2 emissions, plastic pollution, energy use and excessive consumption on a finite planet.

Many of us have enjoyed them in the past. It seems a perfectly natural thing to do but buying one of the trees in this photo means bringing a dying thing into our houses. We rarely think about the fact that where these trees are grown was perhaps a natural woodland or forest before but that it has now become a mono culture for a human tradition. The original land cleared and nature disrupted with many living creatures killed or chased away before this one species planted. By removing what was there before CO2 was released adding to our greenhouse gas emissions. Then the growing of these trees starts and they take a number of years to grow before they can be harvested for the single Christmas season. In that time in the majority of cases large amounts of pesticides will be used to ensure that the Christmas trees we buy are bug free and look good. When they are harvested and in the US alone that’s between 25 and 30 million each Christmas, https://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/center-for-community-pesticide-and-alternatives-information/pesticide-free-holidays/christmas#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20Center%20for,carbaryl%2C%20chlorpyrifos%2C%20and%20dimethoate., the fossil fuel chain saw massacre begins. At that time all the birds, animals and insects that have survived the chemical onslaught either die or are chased away. Harvesting Christmas trees makes a lot of creatures homeless. Then there’s all the fossil fuel used getting them from where they grew to our houses and after Christmas all the CO2 released when they decompose or worse still are burnt. That’s not to forget that if they were still growing they would still be soaking up CO2 and as a generalisation older trees soak up more CO2. So overall buying a dying tree is not very environmentally friendly so why not celebrate this Christmas by decorating or just giving a hug to a local tree. They are all working damn hard to fix the damage that us humans are doing to the planet.

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