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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Burning Less of the Midnight Coal
    ability Game Dave s Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS BURNING LESS OF THE MIDNIGHT COAL Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne invests in 24 hour timers that turn off unneeded appliances during the night and reduces its energy wastage TARGET DATE July 2004 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION There are a large number of electrical appliances that are useful during the day but waste energy unnoticed at night Instant hot water boilers exhaust fans lights and coffee makers By buying a simple 24 hour power adapter that turns the appliances off during hours of the night they are very unlikely to be used and turning them on again early in the morning users are very unlikely to known the difference but over time a lot less energy is used And

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Climate Legacy
    Local Government Elections 2008 Sustain ability Game Dave s Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS CLIMATE LEGACY FOR COUNCIL TRAVEL Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Melbourne City Council contributes to the Climate Legacy Project when airplane travel is used by Councillors and Council officers TARGET DATE June 2004 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION The Climate Legacy was formalised during the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development providing for a financial contribution to be made to offset the carbon emitted during airline travel Airline travel is a large emitter of carbon dioxide a major contributor to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global warming that develops from it The Climate Legacy allows for the financial contribution to be directly invested in an activity that offsets the additional carbon created by the airline flight such as

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Composting Melbourne
    Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS COMPOSTING MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT At least 75 of Melbourne household maintain a compost bin or heap as a way of reducing household waste and improving their soil TARGET DATE December 2003 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Composting Melbourne aims to increase the amount of composting occurring on site in Melbourne Composting is an excellent way of reducing our impact on the environment while improving the soil around your home Composting relies largely on natural processes that break down organic household rubbish such as your vegetable scraps and ultimately converts them into soil Micro organisms effectively eat our scraps and in the process create soil and heat If the heat produced by composting process is allowed to accumulate the micro organisms multiply exponentially greatly increasing the rate of composting In combination with the food and water needed for the micro organisms to live and multiply this is why food scraps placed in a heap or put in a compost often decomposes much faster than if it is buried and compacted in land fills A well performing compost bin can convert kitchen scraps into friable soil within as little as six weeks though in practice this often takes longer particularly in the colder winter months or it the compost is short of either air or water Composting on site also reduces the need for big trucks to

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Do It Yourself Energy Saving
    Air Greensforums David Risstrom s Community Involvement Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 Sustain ability Game Dave s Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS DO IT YOURSELF ENERGY SAVING Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Ecological Footprints of Melbourne
    Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS OF MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The ecological footprint of residents within the City of Melbourne can be calculated by them and the overall ecological footprint of the City of Melbourne is used as a guide to limiting our

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Genetically Engineered Food Moratorium Meeting
    BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD MORATORIUM MEETING Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT A public meeting is held by the City of Melbourne to discuss the Victorian moratorium on genetically engineered food TARGET DATE May 2004 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Genetic engineering is very controversial especially when food is concerned The Victorian Government has provided a moratorium for the introduction of genetically modified crops into Victoria until May 2005 Concerned farmers scientists and community activists have been arguing that more time is needed to consider the safety of allowing genetically modified food to be produced and or sold in Victoria A public meeting held by the City of Melbourne would assist the public in coming to their own conclusions about the merits or otherwise of genetically modified food and the need for a moratorium on its release into our food supply Plans had been underway to hold a meeting publicising the need to

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Green Garage Sales
    to hold garage sales that allow all those useful but unused items in your house or garage to be sold or exchanged with someone who will use them World Environment Day is on Saturday 5 June 2004 so this would be a good date to hold the inaugural Green Garage Sale For Greens members wishing to be involved they could choose to display green triangles and may also choose to donate some of the proceeds to the Federal Election campaign Green Garage Sales will be held again on Sunday 5 June 2005 and hopefully into the future FURTHER INFORMATION 2006 The Moreland Greens are currently preparing for a Green Garage sale for Moreland in Melbourne s northern suburbs on Saturday 3 June 2006 I will provide more details for this and other Green Garage sales as I become aware 2005 Green Garage Sales will be held again in 2005 Details will be added to this site as they become available Details of two Green Garage Sales on 5 June 2005 that I am aware of are Whitehorse Branch 40 William St Box Hill from 9am to 1pm Sunday 5th June Lilydale Greens 8 Seamer Rd Monbulk from 8am 2pm Sunday 5th June 2004 The Victorian Greens held Green Garage Days across Victoria on Saturday 5 June 2005 Details of the event are on a media release I issued ahead of June 5 to promote it The release is posted on my website at David Risstrom s Media Releases with the text shown below Please note the details relate to 2004 The Great Greens Garage Sale on World Environment Day 2004 To mark World Environment Day on Saturday June 5 Australian Greens Victoria branches all over Victoria will hold Green Garage Sales to raise funds and promote Reducing Reusing and Recycling

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Greening Christmas
    taking a backseat to e greetings and text messages black Christmas trees challenging the traditional green variety and the turkey playing bridesmaid to snags and prawns But some things such as unwanted gifts afternoon naps and left overs to last a month will never change Gifts According to the Australia Institute an independent public policy research body more than half the Australian population will receive an unwanted gift this Christmas while 21 per cent will give presents to people without wanting to Although the results from a Newspoll survey of 1200 people don t define what these gifts are odds are there will be a set of lavender scented draw liners in there somewhere Research fellow Emma Rush said 66 per cent of people from households with incomes over 70 000 received unwanted presents as opposed to 38 per cent of households with an income under 30 000 She also said richer households were more likely to give to people they didn t want to According to online retailer eBay gifts that will be well received this Christmas are games consoles iPod Nanos and the Robosapien V2 toy robot Borders reports that Harry Potter books and the Da Vinci Code will again be top sellers this Christmas Tree Rather than change the Christmas decorations on the tree this year some people in Europe are changing the colour of their tree to classy black or a bright fuchsia pink Sales of coloured trees are on the rise in Britain says The Guardian where small trees are sold by online retailers for about 19 And for those who like the pine things in life there is always the real thing Fabio Iuele purveyor of fine pines at the North Pole Christmas Tree Farm in Craigieburn said most people spent about 40 on their Christmas tree opting for one about two metres high Food Sure the traditional Christmas lunch consists of turkey with all the trimmings followed by a hot plum pud with melted brandy butter But here in the Southern Hemisphere we like to do things differently Down Under seafood and barbecues rule Restaurateur Gary Mehigan believes Australians are abandoning the heavy European style Christmas lunch in favour of seasonal Australian produce Seafood Industry Victoria executive director Ross McGowan said many people were opting for snapper this year for their Christmas roast Lobster and prawns were also popular choices with hundreds of kilos of seafood expected to be devoured this Christmas But Planet Ark warns consumers that this is a time of year when our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs The organisation estimates that each year Australians throw away nearly 3 3 million tonnes of food And that doesn t include the scraps that go to the four legged members of the family Religion C and E worshippers will fill Melbourne churches to overflowing next weekend That s not Church of England but Christmas and Easter Christmas above all is the time many nominal Christians or even non Christians want to feel connected with their cultural and religious roots Many busy Catholic churches will have three special Christmas services one for the children of the parish school one for families and the traditional midnight Mass Melbourne s Catholic Vicar General Monsignor Les Tomlinson says church attendances over the Christmas weekend will nearly double the usual Mass numbers Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins agrees People are looking subliminally for good news and the whole story of the vulnerable child is easier for people to enter into than the Passion at Easter he says The magic of the midnight service captures people s imagination You can imagine the shepherds asleep the angels crying out It s coming across the threshold with the symbolism of the nativity scene the blessing of the crib the processions well sung traditional carols it s very evocative There s magic in the air At CityLife Melbourne s biggest church numbers will rise for Christmas services but it s not the biggest day of the year according to senior pastor Mark Conner Guest speakers or special message series often attract bigger congregations he says Money It s not all about the material gift although most Australians will spend between 600 and 1000 on gifts this year with books clothing CDs homewares and toys topping the list of purchases according to market research company StrategyCo But there are alternative gifts such as a donation to charity or a voucher to camp out with the animals at Melbourne Zoo Brian Walsh from website ourcommunity com au which allows people to donate to any of 670 Australian based charities said the number of individual donations made through the site last December was up 110 per cent on 2003 Novelty gifts of the expensive variety are available at Myer which launched its pamper packs this year The most expensive pack costs 2800 a jet fighter flight Top Gun style CommSec chief equities economist Craig James predicts retail trade will increase 6 per cent to 23 billion this December from 21 7 billion last year Stress It s not news that Christmas shopping can be stressful But apparently it rates up there with workplace anxiety According to a national survey by BankWest released this week Christmas shopping causes as much stress as deadlines problematic co workers and difficult bosses Symptoms associated with the thought of crowded shopping centres and finding the money for presents include heart palpitations sweaty palms lost sleep the survey found And then there are the bills in January Steve Kane from BankWest said this was one of the most stressful aspects for people at this time of year with one in five respondents naming financial concerns as their top Christmas worry Shopping StrategyCo research shows that 4 per cent of Australians started their 2005 Christmas shopping at the Boxing Day sales last year the majority surveyed 31 per cent said they hit the shops between December 1 and 15 while 27 per cent of the population are mad they leave shopping to the last week before Christmas The amount spent buying gifts is under 1000 while most purchases 60 per cent will be made on credit card and EFTPOS 21 per cent Booze Almost 930 drivers were breath tested between December 23 last year and January 6 with the highest reading recorded 307 Of those tested 184 recorded readings of 05 to 069 314 fine and 10 demerit points 248 drivers registering 07 to 099 314 fine and six months licence cancellation and 195 people recording readings between 100 and 149 440 fine and between 10 and 14 months licence cancellation A further 77 drivers with blood alcohol readings of between 150 and 307 had their licence immediately suspended and were given a summons to appear in the magistrates court Recycle for a greener holiday 16 Dec 2005 By Perry Beeman Register Staff Writer Des Moines Register You ll have to depend on the weather for a white Christmas but you can make the holiday green yourself Green as in environmentally friendly The gift giving season creates an especially heavy load of waste and a big chance to recycle Many Iowa recycling programs accept more than you might think nonmetallic wrapping paper the tubes the paper came on catalogs and old greeting cards for example Live Christmas trees an organic renewable resource often are chipped and turned into compost or mulch The experts say the holiday season brings a 25 percent boom in trash The U S Environmental Protection Agency says the United States churns out an extra million tons of trash a week from Thanksgiving to New Year s The nation s discarded ribbon 38 000 miles worth is enough to tie a bow around the Earth Think about reusing it or skipping ribbons and bows environmentalists urge Many Iowans still do not realize that much of the heap can be recycled Weyerhaeuser Document Destruction and Recycling s paper recycling plant in Des Moines sees little of the yuletide castoffs said Machele Henderson general manager I suspect they are just throwing it away Henderson said We see about the same volume We should be seeing a lot of wrapping paper Wade Den Hartog 31 of Des Moines just tosses the stuff He visits his parents in Sheldon for the holidays so much of his holiday trash stays there His apartment in Des Moines has no recycling service It s just something I don t mess with I feel kind of guilty about it Den Hartog said If I had more information about drop off centers and they weren t 30 miles away I might use those Weyerhaeuser and another Des Moines firm Mid America Recycling Co collect paper from the Curb It residential recycling program in the Des Moines area and bundle it for sale Some of it is used to make cardboard in Cedar Rapids Some ends up in cereal boxes in the Twin Cities Most of the holiday paper apparently ends up in the landfill as people clear out the clutter following the holidays Sarah Rasmussen follows these things She s a spokeswoman for Metro Waste Authority which runs landfill and recycling programs in the Des Moines area The agency doesn t see much of an increase in the trash load at the landfill or in the recycling bins at the holidays except for the ubiquitous cardboard boxes In fact trash loads drop all winter before hitting annual highs in the spring cleanup months Rasmussen said We ve looked for a few years and we really don t see much of a bump she said Natural Christmas trees generally are recycled They are chipped and added to yard wastes to create a compost sold to developers and others for yards construction sites golf courses and other locations Across North America 33 million natural Christmas trees are sold each year the federal government reports Artificial trees of course are reused the next year Dreaming of a green Christmas Dec 18 2005 By Stuart Laidlaw in the Toronto Star Have yourself a Kyoto friendly Christmas Make your yuletide green Environmentally green The holiday season with its turkey and trimmings cakes and cookies is about much more than gifts and gift giving It s also about food Lots and lots of food That s one reason gyms are so busy in January But this year with Canada having recently hosted a pivotal United Nations climate change summit in Montreal it seems fitting to examine the environmental impact of the feast Specifically how much carbon dioxide was spewed into the air to get that feast to your table Among environmentalists there is a growing discussion of the perceived benefits of locally grown food It has even led to a fledgling push within the organic food industry to look at how far food travels to our plate Most people don t make the distinction between food and climate change says Wayne Roberts policy co ordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council part of the city s board of health He s among those encouraging consumers to buy more local food to cut down on the carbon emissions they create by simply buying groceries The thinking goes like this if more people buy locally grown food less will have to be imported That in turn will cut down on the amount of food shipped long distances by truck plane or boat all burning fossil fuels and spewing out greenhouse gases To test the theory the Star cooked two meals one with exclusively imported foods the other with locally grown We then compared the carbon emissions generated in transporting the foods for the two meals to Toronto It s important to understand your carbon footprint says Michel Girard director of climate change at the Canadian Standards Association CSA which assisted in our project Preparing the meals were Bruce Leslie and Michael Dixon who will be souschef and chef de cuisine at Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner a restaurant opening at the Gardiner Museum in the spring They currently work with Kennedy at his wine bar on Church St The two in demand chefs donated their fees for the day s work to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund The food they cooked went to the Touchstone Youth Centre in East York We cooked only one turkey since Canada s supply management system virtually ensures that all poultry sold here is raised domestically We also had both imported and domestic wines choosing nouveau entries since they are only available at this time of year and bottled water Leslie and Dixon despite their preference for local foods agreed to come up with our imported trimmings choosing a Caribbean theme of mango and ginger chutney candied Jamaican yams with almonds fried plantain creamed spinach and mandarin oranges all made with exclusively imported items Helping put together the local dishes were the nutritionist and the cook at the Big Carrot organic store on Danforth Ave Julie Daniluk and Katherine Hall To supply what Daniluk termed a fun menu at this time of year they relied on produce that stores well through the fall and winter meaning a healthy portion of root vegetables The local food offerings cranberry sauce rosemary potato pie roast maple winter vegetables shredded beet and carrot salad and baked apple with maple syrup The difference between the two meals with the turkey figured into each was startling Getting the food and wine to our table from Ontario sources resulted in 369 grams of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere The imported dishes and wine contributed a whopping 15 71 kilograms 42 6 times the carbon dioxide from the local food Our turkey came from a Mennonite farm near Wallenstein Ont just outside of Elmira That s just 117 kilometres away and in the heart of Ontario s turkey growing district Getting the 9 42 kilogram bird to Toronto by truck released 177 grams of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere The calculations were done using a website developed with Girard s department at the CSA which works with companies to figure out their carbon output and find ways to cut their greenhouse gas emissions The Star s Carbon Counter a variation on others developed by the CSA so companies can measure their greenhouse gas outputs is available at http www ghgregistries ca thestar news cfm Proponents of local foods like to point out that buying food close to home keeps the money in the province rather than sending it out of the country There s a multiplier effect says Stephen Bentley a graduate student of regional planning at the University of British Columbia researching the impact of local food buying The money stays in the local economy and circles around Last year Bentley conducted a study for Toronto s Foodshare a non profit food delivery group comparing the carbon emissions from a lamb dinner made with local produce with one using imported foods including New Zealand spring lamb His results were even more startling than ours The imported meal resulted in 100 times the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the air 11 89 kg for his imported meal compared with 0 12 kg for his local meal Most of that was due to the lamb which was shipped almost 14 000 kilometres to Toronto and led to carbon emissions of 8 4 kilograms compared with 0 007 kg for the local lamb Canada imported 20 4 billion worth of food last year including 5 8 billion in fruits and vegetables Most of that was from the United States including 835 million in food from California alone Around the world international trade in food has tripled in the past 40 years jumping to 510 billion by 2002 with almost 900 million tonnes of food being shipped from one country to another each year The impact of such booming imports and exports can be quite high Bentley says For instance he found that carrots from California contributed 840 grams of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere compared with 15 grams for carrots grown in Millgrove Ont Canada imported more than 98 million worth of carrots from the U S last year Daniluk at the Big Carrot says Canada need not import so much food though she confesses a weakness for pineapples and avocados Root vegetables can be stored and sold all year long she says giving a nice alternative to the lighter more watery vegetables eaten in the summer And while greenhouses are already a big industry in Ontario providing local vegetables almost all year round she adds more could be done such as putting greenhouses on rooftops in the middle of the big Toronto market One City of Toronto study is already looking at the potential of such enterprises which could have environmental benefits and give people guilt free leafy vegetables at any time of the year In Daniluk s words You can have your lettuce and eat it too Give peace a chance in the Santa battle By Julia Baird Sydney Morning Herald December 22 2005 IS MATERIALISM really ruining Christmas Pope Benedict seems to think so Recently he warned In today s consumer society this time of the year unfortunately suffers from a sort of commercial pollution that threatens to alter its real spirit He advised Christians to celebrate soberly and with nativity cribs We all know who the real target is here Santa That crusty ole bearded gent It often seems to be a showdown between the man from Nazareth and the man from the North Pole at this time of year as hot tired grumbling shoppers protest against a crass materialism which they believe turns a celebration of the birth of Christ and time with family and friends into an orgy of greed In the first South Park episode ever made a short film produced in 1995 as a Christmas card that was not aired on TV but gained a cult following on the internet Jesus came back to Earth to

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