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OK, so it’s not February the 1st and I have posted this a couple of times before. But what happened to the Christmas trees of 2020, 2021 and 2022 and before that of course? We should all be concerned.
1st February 2021
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.
OK, so it’s cringe worthy but here goes, “Dead Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day I was in the dust cart”.
Photo from the 2nd of January. There we have it, dying trees, destroyed eco systems, monocultures, pesticides, fossil fuel usage, climate change. What’s not to like? Lots actually. Time to celebrate growing and living trees in our communities not this unsustainable Capitalistismas destruction of the planet.
First posted in January 2021. We still need to make the change away from this way of celebrating Christmas to planting living trees in our communities that can be celebrated each year as they grow.
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.
What happens to the plastic baubles that are sold with the flowers at Christmas? Are they stuck in a cupboard? Are they thrown away? How do they degrade? Will they pollute the environment? We really need to change the way we do things.
We need to be finding spaces in our towns and cities where we can watch trees grow and decorate them year in and year out and not be decorating a dying tree, as seen here in the Place de la Palud, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Christmas or Capitalistismas? The Coop shopping centre in Morges, Switzerland. Most of what we see is very unnatural whether is be the materials used or the cultural appropriation by corporations intent on mass consumption whatever the deleterious effects are to Earth’s life support systems by that neoliberal consumerism.
Christmas decorations, pretty plastic, seen here in the Coop shopping centre in Morges, Switzerland. At some point this plastic will enter the environment and cause untold damage to forms of life, maybe humans, even you and I. It may look pretty but that doesn’t mean that it’s not dangerous.
So what will you do with that dying, pesticide covered, monoculture tree after Capitalistmas is over? Next year let’s get living trees planted in our streets, roads, roundabouts etc. We can remove parking spaces and instead of a parklet like below, grow a communal tree that we can all decorate. Where we can come together to celebrate life and not death and our local community.
There’s a possibility of power cuts this winter and some vulnerable people will probably freeze to death in the streets and some of them in their homes being too afraid to put the heating on. Hey, but we’re talking Capitalistismas and there’s money to be made and what’s a few deaths when those that love money want to accumulate more money? Seriously, why do we allow this sort of corporate crap to happen? Just another bit closer to going through that 1.5C above pre industrial times as well but hey that item made with human exploitation and suffering was sure worth it, wasn’t it?