I’m dreaming of an eco-Christmas!
This week, much to Donald Trump’s dismay, but to many younger peoples’ delight, the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s person of the year – the youngest person to receive the award since it was created in 1927. Bearing this in mind, along with the wildfires currently raging across New South Wales, Australia (image below), it occurs to me that we should now all follow her example and try much harder to live our lives more sustainably. And why not get started with an eco-Christmas?
What would this mean? Possibly, no more jet-setting Christmas breaks in the Seychelles or Maldives. And, instead of the usual non-sustainably reared turkey (or roast beef that induces global warming), why not try a tasty nut roast with locally sourced sprouts and potatoes, swilled down with a glass or two of delicious sparkling English wine? Rather than the traditional dispensation of often unwanted and unused presents, manufactured and shipped from China, wrapped up in non-recyclable Christmas paper and opened around a log fire that releases polluting particles up the chimney, how about a donation from each of the family to Crisis? A donation of only £28.87 can reserve a place for one homeless guest at one of their Christmas Centres.
And why not, after Christmas, make some eco-friendly resolutions for you, your friends and family for the New Year? Travel less in an aeroplane, switch from an SUV to an electric car, and get fit by walking and cycling further during 2020?
A very merry eco-Christmas to you all, and a much more sustainable New Year!