Is Climate Change Killing Christmas Trees?

Santa is hot and worried this holiday season. He is hot because our weather is changing thanks to climate change. And he’s worried that unregulated carbon pollution from power plants is making our weather warmer, and causing…

Christmas tree shortages!

Our partners over at Climate Progress are reporting Christmas tree shortages:

“…tree crops in both Vermont and New Hampshire have been seriously compromised this year following an unexpected early heat wave in March and a summer of flash floods. This is the first year that localized extreme flooding has been said to cause a decrease in Christmas tree crop, and scientists have repeatedly linked increased unexpected flooding events caused by a warmer, moister climate to man-made global warming.

Oh no! Should you buy an artificial tree?

“…according to Saint Joseph’s University plant biologist Clint Springer, buying a real Christmas tree is highly preferable to buying an artificial tree in terms of contributions to climate change. “Choosing a real Christmas tree is one way that an average person can make a difference in terms of climate change,” Springer said. “A 7-foot cut tree’s impact on climate is 60 percent less than a 7-foot artificial tree used for six years. So while cut trees are not carbon-neutral, in terms of carbon-use, they are better than artificial trees.”

LEARN MORE because the more informed we are, the more effective we can be in making sure our children grow up in a clean, safe world…and Santa will stay cool.

Cartoon: Danny Shanahan


article by Ronnie Citron-Fink


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

sydney brown
sydney brown3 years ago

Make a xmas tree out of an indoor plant. You do not actually need to use a tree!!!

Kim Janik
Kim Janik4 years ago

Well put Karoly M.

Fred h
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Mom's Clean Air Force, for Sharing this!

Jan Hill
Dr. Jan Hill4 years ago

I plant a tree every december holiday - sure its just 1 tree, but at least I don't cut one down or pollute the environment with a plastic tree.

Angela J.
Angela J4 years ago

I can live with my artificial tree, the smaller the better.

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Judy T.
Judy T4 years ago

I've had my artificial tree for much longer than the six years mentioned in the article ... and I think it will last much longer too. I will not kill any trees, my fake tree will do .. Thank you very much.

Mac C.
mac C4 years ago

I've never had a Christmas tree as an adult. I like them though, they are pretty to look at. Do not care for artificial trees. However I didn't know that it is better for the environment to cut down a tree than to use artificial. Thank you.

Sandra A.
Sandra A4 years ago

Never under estimate the value of a relatively good fake plastic Xmas tree.