It’s just the first week of November and, yet, the war on the holiday season is already in high gear!
And I'm saying the war on “the holiday season” not because I'm one of those insufferable people who say happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas to be politically correct. I have to say holiday season because the usual professional scolds have expanded beyond their Advent calendars to encompass American Thanksgiving as something they now find environmentally problematic.
Huffington Post was the first out of the gate to this year, with a ridiculous article, explaining how your family Thanksgiving is sending us all to a boiling scorching death on an overheated globe.
“The Environmental Impact Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner. When it comes to turkey and traveling to the feast, there's good news and there's bad news.
It turns out that your food isn’t the biggest holiday culprit of carbon dioxide emissions — traveling for the meal is.
Four people flying a 600-mile trip is the equivalent of 10 times the CO2 emissions of the Thanksgiving meal.
Meat and meat byproducts (cheese, butter and heavy cream, for example) have a larger environmental footprint than plant-based ingredients.
The carbon footprint of a 16-pound turkey is the equivalent of one dish of turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, rolled biscuits and apple pie combined.
Looking for a lower carbon alternative? Go for a plant-based source.”
Did you get that? Stay at home, skip the turkey, eat bugs alone while you wait for the sweet release of death b cause the end is nigh!
Today I'll take a look at some of the other more ridiculous articles published in the media over the last few years meant to make you feel bad about spending quality time in a season of giving and love with your family.
My absolute favourite crazy article is the time Global News professed that every man, woman and child in Canada is responsible for 35 lbs of Christmas wrapping paper per year ending up in a landfill!