Shouldn't there be a banned on the cutting of Christmas tree?
December 22, 2009 8:11am CST
There has been an international conference on the issue of Global warming and climate changes. Shouldn't there be an international stance on the non cutting of christmas tree? A large number of tree are cut down during this time of the year so this change could bring about some amount of positive action and this too could stimulate and bring the reality to the world forefront. I know this can spark some resistance and may I add that I believe in chritmas but the absence of a christmas tree would not dim the celebration but help us to live in a better environment. My question is Shouldn't there be aban on the cutting down of these tree among other things?
• United States
24 Dec 09
Hello audrey! :) I love to see people really thinking about the impact of their choices on the environment! But on this one, I pretty much have to agree with the other two commentors, with a couple of exceptions. Overall, real Christmas trees are much more environmentally friendly than fake ones, considering all of the energy and chemicals used to make them, waste produced during production, packaging, and the non-biodegradable end product that slowly releases toxic gasses into homes. Tree farms, on the other hand, are much easier on the environment and can even be beneficial. There are several pine and cedar farms near my house. The trees are harvested and replanted in rotations. They are native to this area and require little maintanance in the way of pest control or irrigation, and they don't have to be shipped very far. Then the local area lakes hold a "Tree Toss" after New Year's Day, and everybody brings their real Christmas trees to be thrown into the lakes to form new fish habitats. It's a pretty sustainable cycle. In heavily forrested areas, people can get a permit from the Parks Service to go harvest their own. There are certain laws they have to follow, sort of like when you go fishing, on how big/small they can be, and how many you can cut. I tried to sell my old fake tree this year and plan to Freecycle it after the holidays. It and its decorations don't represent my beliefs very well anymore. Instead, next year I will either buy a potted evergreen that can be planted in the yard after the holidays, or I will buy a new houseplant to decorate. Live trees are, in my personal opinion, the very best option for Christmas trees, provided that you have a place to plant them later. I plan to replace my decorations with homemade ones that can be eaten or composted later - strings of popcorn and cranberries, cloved oranges, etc. No more storing a bunch of stuff that I only use for a few weeks a year! :)
16 Jan 10
Thanks for lengthy discourse. Very informative. With the information I had looked at it that way and you have raised up some good issues. The enviroment is important to us all so we have to know how to maintain it. When we can do something to maintain it that is great too. Congratulations.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Most of the Christmas trees cut are from farms that continually replant & grow more each year. That keeps their business active & prevents any real damage to the environment. Shutting them down would be a pretty much useless & annoying act. People would be forced to use more artificial trees which are far more destructive on the environment both in their production & disposal after they've worn out.
16 Jan 10
Good discussion Audrey ,I must admit that you have brought a very good point to teh fore.At this time of the year many persons indulge in reckless cutting of trees and all for what decorative purposes .I could understand somewhat if it were for firewood,atleast that would be for cooking .I think they should ban or limit the amount that is cut down
22 Dec 09
if you buy from a reputable source then xmas tree's have been planeted to replace the ones cut down. Here in uk I have a fake one as its saved me money and still looks fantastic, but we live next to a forest where they plant xmas tree's and every year they cut some down and re-plant them so there is always a sustainable stock. I agree in what you say to a degree, but aslong as its down sustainably I don't see an issue.