Green Party writer Siân Berry dreams of a “Green Christmas”

(excerpt from) MNN.COM: Lifestyle
I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
Atheist and Green Party campaigner Siân Berry isn’t against Christmas. She just wants us to turn down the consumerism and ramp up the joy. An excerpt from a new compilation.

Fri, Dec 03 2010

…Being green and being religious can fit together well. Most religious texts contain advice on caring for natural things, and most religions use these teachings in campaigns to cut carbon and save the planet. (“What would Jesus drive?” being my particular favorite). I applaud all of this, but my own political and environmental activism comes more or less directly out of my non-belief in God…

In communications terms, it’s virtually impossible to strike the right balance when suggesting things to change. Those wanting to make the celebrations secular fall regularly into the trap of rash pronouncements against Christian words and imagery that are pounced on by the press, leading to headlines such as “Bureaucrats ban Christmas trees,” “School staff ban Christmas cards,” or “PC firms ban Christmas glitz” (these are all real headlines). Similarly, Greens, in seeking to point out the worst bits of wastefulness, risk sounding like out-and-out party poopers who would like to see twinkly lights prohibited and everyone’s presents wrapped in old newspaper…

Much more exciting, and by far the best modern subversion of Christmas-style über-consumerism I have seen, is the multitalented performer, activist, and 2009 Green candidate for mayor of New York, the Reverend Bill Talen. Rev. Billy is the parodic preacher famous for leading the Church of Stop Shopping in a crusade against chain stores in New York. His actions have inspired and amused the city for years and helped stem the flow of Starbucks, Walmart and Disney into New York’s historic and unique neighborhoods, while boring and alienating no one.

However, we can’t all pull off a piece of mock-revivalist street theater when we are faced with questions of what to say and do about Christmas. At home, we need to be able to push things in the right direction in ways that require less chutzpah and far less talent. Most of all, we need some actual, on-the-ground practical suggestions. Over the years, I’ve been asked to think about this question for numerous articles, books and — hardest of all — radio phone-ins, and have identified a few ideas for making the holiday less stressful and more ecofriendly…

And finally …
Remember, whatever advice you follow, don’t let your efforts get in the way of having a very merry Christmas!

About Siân Berry from the author’s blurb at MNN.com:

Siân Berry (www.sianberry.org.uk) is a Green campaigner, writer and politician. She was the Green Party candidate for London mayor in 2008 and helped set up the Alliance Against Urban 4×4s campaign group, famous for placing mock parking tickets on Chelsea Tractors throughout the capital and inspiring similar actions around the world…

8 thoughts on “Green Party writer Siân Berry dreams of a “Green Christmas”

  1. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    Pretty strange article that IPR has posted. I mean is this Berry person really even a US citizen? I GoNotted her name, and nothing came up.
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  2. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

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  3. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

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  4. Carey Campbell

    May a respectfully request equal time. As a Southern Baptist Green Party dude.

    The point I’d respectfully make here.

    There are conservative Christian Green Party folks also. In fact that has been true since Petra Kelly, a Catholic, and Herbert Gruehl, a Christian Democrat founded the Green Party. It was, of course, why the original Green Party platform called itself a “values conservative” party.

    It was, in fact, the morals, the ethics, the decency of the Greens proposals, as presented by Petra Kelly that attracted so many to the Green Party.

    Here’s a lovely video of Petra Kelly, I found tonight.

    For those of us that loved her, and will always love her for the noble issues she worked for, we will always miss Petra Kelly, the true founder of the Green Party.

    I am grateful for her courage, for Petra Kelly example of optimism. We can meet the challenges that confront us, and provide the positive humane solution.

    Here’s the beautiful Petra Kelly:

    http://www.rise-to-the-rescue.com/#INTRO

  5. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @6 To: Carey Campbell
    From: MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
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    Carey, here we have a pure proportional representation USA Parliament, based on votes kept as proof since 1995.

    Would you like to coordinate as one of 100?
    Do you know anyone who wants to work together in the “All Party System”?

    The Internet is a great tool for interacting, let’s start using it.

    Petra Kelly is fine, but what about 2011 in the USA? It starts in less than 30 days you know, and we do need coordinators if you know of anyone.
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  6. Gary Swing

    James, thank you for your suggestion that I run for US Senate in 2012. However, I live in Colorado and there is no election for US Senate scheduled here in 2012. I have no plans to run as a candidate for public office again.

    Proportional representation for legislative elections is essential for creating a legitimate political system. I prefer the Hallett List System, which would use the single transferable vote (STV) within an open party list system. This would maximize the effectiveness of each person’s vote for winning representation.

    Cheers,

    Gary Swing
    2010 Green Party Candidate for US Representative (CD1)
    Denver, CO

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