Earth Beat, 23 December 2011. 'Tis the season to be jolly. And we see who’s doing it sustainably. From Christmas trees you can rent, to making everything from scratch and reindeer in New Delhi, some green Yuletide cheer from Earth Beat. Comment on the show.
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In amongst our green Christmassy stories this week, lurks a worry that many eco-conscious people face.
That what is good for the party vibe is often bad for the planet.
Poet Joel Stickley presents the dilemma... in rhyme.
The five best toys of all time
Christmas is the favourite time of year for kids, for obvious reasons. All those presents under the tree, filled with the latest gadgets and toys.
Or take more interest in the box it came in?
One man, it seems, has a solution. Jonathan Liu blogs on Wired's GeekDad, reviewing games and toys.
And to avoid disappointment, he’s come up with his all-time top five.
All available just about anywhere.
Our Vancouver Earth Beat correspondent Jen Chen was recently initiated into the canning world, and she put together this collection of voices of women on the west coast of Canada who are equally obsessed.
Some do it for themselves, some do it as part of a collective, and one woman even does it for a living.
Reindeer in Delhi?
But in recent years, Christmas has become very popular across India’s religious spectrum.
Earth Beat correspondent Chhavi Sachdev brings us this essay about how she’s seen Christmas change in the last 30 years.
Rent a Christmas tree
Every year, millions of trees are cut down and dragged indoors, blinged up for a couple of weeks before being chucked out onto the street.
Now, there's another way, that doesn’t involve killing a tree or a plastic alternative. You can hire one. Peter Inch runs Trees for Rent in the UK.
Christmas waste in the Philippines
In the Philippines, Christmas consumption is high, and waste is such a problem that December sees waste piled high by the side of the road.
This year, one organization, the EcoWaste Coalition, is urging Filipinos to be a bit more creative about Christmas, by buying less and designing their own decorations.
As spokeswoman Christina Vergara tells Earth Beat, the problem is partly with months-long preparations.
A Canadian woman is taking DIY to a whole new level.
Inspired by the likes of Hollywood films like Julie and Julia and enviro-challenges like the 100 Mile Diet, Elizabeth Fraser has decided to cast off the malls and mass consumption and get back to basics by only by consuming what she creates with her own two hands.
Earth Beat correspondent Darrell Harvey brings us her story from Toronto. 52 Projects - A Year from Scratch.
Climate change and Russian reindeer herders
Unstable ice affects their ability to hunt reindeer, something they have been doing for centuries to survive.
Earth Beat correspondent Geert Groot Koerkamp visits them to hear their story.