Is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Really Green?

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller has green pine needles, but is it really green?

In 2007, the Christmas tree went environmentally green for the first time in its history since 1933.  Today, the management of Rockefeller Center continues to market the tree as “green.”  To classify it as a “green” tree, it was cut down by a hand saw and it is lit using energy efficient LED lights to reduce energy use.

The Huffington Post argues that the tree should not be marketed as “green.”  They argue that despite the hand saw and LED lights that are being used, there are still many practices associated with this 78-year tradition that make it not so green of a tree.

The Huffington Post brings up that helicopters are used to fly over the Northeast in search for the perfect tree.  Once the prefect tree is found, it has to be trucked to the city no matter the distance away.  Once it’s brought to Rockefeller Center, it uses about 1,297 kilowatts a day of electricity to light the approximately 5 miles miles of lights.

So what do you think?  Is the tree really all that green?

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“Overnight I Became a Sun-Worshipper”

Archeologists from the University of Birmingham have discovered two ancient fire pits along the periphery of Stonehenge that suggest the site had been used for sun-worship long before the icon monoliths were ever erected.

The UK’s Independent explains how scientists came to this conclusion and how they revealed a long lost history of a religious ‘procession.’

The late, great, legendary wordsmith George Carlin reminds us why this shit’s still relevant:

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Were to Buy Locally Sourced Christmas Trees

Wow. Isn't that majestic? Now cut 'er down! (Photo Credit: escobarshighlandfarm.com)

We can all be thankful Turkey day is over. It’s finally time we start listening to “The Christmas Song” on repeat (embittering Jews, etc.) and shopping ourselves to death.

If you survived, aren’t broke and are feeling particularly festive, GrowNYC put up a list of places to purchase “locally sourced” christmas trees for the holidays. To my knowledge, there are no pine tree farms in New York City. Trumansburg Tree Farms, Keith’s Farms, Van Houten Farms, all located within a 2-5 hour drive upstate, will be setting up shop in Union Square. Trumansburg will also have a satellite sight at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

It’s safe to assume these farms implement sustainable growing practices, but there seems to be more ethical alternatives to spruce up (sorry) your house for the dreary months.  Leo Hickman has come up with a few suggestions in a post questioning the ethics of the Christmas tree on The Guardian’s GreenBlog.

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Have you seen his parrot?

Photo Credit: rachael fogarty from WikiMedia Commons

One Brooklyn man lost his talented parrot this weekend. His opera singing bird flew off of his shoulder while they were bike riding, according to the New York Post.

It is a performing parrot that loves to sing for the elderly at nursing homes, so it shouldn’t be hard to find.

I’m just wondering why he would even keep it on his shoulder for the bike ride. And how didn’t he notice as soon as it flew away?

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Turkey Feast

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One farm has a different twist on Thanksgiving. Last week, when most were eating turkeys, Farm Sanctuary was feeding them, according to the New York Times.

Rather than making turkeys the centerpiece of the meal, they feed rescued turkeys. The turkeys welcome a feast of pumpkin pie, cranberries and squash. They’ve been doing this for 25 years, and they encourage others to adopt turkeys instead of eating them.

Would you skip the main course and feed part of your Thanksgiving dinner to a turkey?

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2011’s “Pardoned” Turkey

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Every year on Thanksgiving, the President of the United States grants a pardon to a certain turkey that gets to live on instead of becoming the main course at a dinner. This lucky animal is then shipped off to either Disney World or Disneyland where he leads the parade.

On the subject, President Obama told Orion Magazine:

“There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office. And then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland.”

It so happens that this year’s pardoned turkey is a specially trained showbird! …Coincidence???

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Green Gifts

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‘Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to embrace the holiday spirit than by giving gifts that are not only great, but also green.

The Daily Green.com provides its readers with over 100 ideas of green gifts in order to encourage a tree-hugging and environmentally friendly holiday season! Among the top favorites are unique gifts made from recycled materials such as a fruit bowl made from old –hopefully cleaned– chopsticks and various cookbooks for green eaters.

Credit: Green Santa

Clearly, 2011 is a good year to enjoy the season the environmental way. We can all be jolly and reduce our waste, all at the same time!

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