An illuminated tree per city?: Environmental aid calls for no Christmas lights

Every year, the Christmas lights in German private households alone apparently consume as much as a medium-sized city.

An illuminated tree per city?: Environmental aid calls for no Christmas lights

Every year, the Christmas lights in German private households alone apparently consume as much as a medium-sized city. In the face of war, energy shortages and climate change, the German Environmental Aid is now calling for the "lighting orgies" to be stopped.

In view of the energy crisis, the German Environmental Aid has called for Christmas lights to be abandoned in cities and private households. "This winter it should be a matter of course that both the Christmas lights in cities and those in houses and apartments will be dispensed with," said Federal Managing Director Jürgen Resch of the editorial network Germany.

"In view of the war in Ukraine, the energy shortage, but also for reasons of climate protection, we should pause for a moment," he explained. Resch pointed out the power consumption. "The private lighting orgies alone cause a power consumption of over 600 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year - as much as a medium-sized city with 400,000 inhabitants consumes in a year." In addition, there would be the possible savings by doing without the Christmas lights in the cities and communities.

Resch suggested one illuminated tree per city and municipality. "Perhaps this can be reduced to one lighted tree per community. Consciously doing without, saving and showing solidarity could even make this Christmas season a very special one."

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