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Good grief....

Always supposing one was a keen green, would targeting the use of candles be the top of one's agenda for 'saving the planet'?

Well, it is for the Green Hanukkia movement, as the Jerusalem Post reports. Fellow goyim may not be aware that Hanukkah commenced yesterday, and continues for a further seven days. In very basic terms, it commemorates the miracle of the candle oil after the re-dedication of the Temple after the victory of the Maccabees. (Brief sidetrack - there is the old joke that all Jewish holidays can be abbreviated thus: They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's eat!)

So, the use of candles is central to the celebration, but the tree huggers have calculated that each candle emits 15g of carbon dioxide. Just as a point of comparison, the average person will breathe out 60 times as much in a single day, apparently. The campaign notes, "We have many environmental traditions in Judaism like Tu Bishvat and Succot, but there are also traditions like Lag Ba'omer and Hanukka that made sense when they were instituted but are more problematic now in the days of global warming".

Truly the apocalypse is upon us.

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Blogger flashgordonnz said... 1:37 pm

I bit my tongue the other day whilst listening to a self-confessed greenie describe how they contribute to saving the planet. One item of note was the woodburner they use for heating their home.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:02 pm

Very restrained of you....  



Anonymous Mr R said... 7:13 pm

A happy Channuka to you & yours Mr C. Traditionally oil was used to light the menorah but candles are easier and more reliable. I am surprised the Health & Safety morons haven't said its a dangerous practice & should be stopped. As for your joke - its old but so true.

PS Where's my present?  



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