Editor note: America the Beautiful is at her best in December when billions of tiny stringed light bulbs turn darkness into magnificent beauty and celebration. Holiday lighting is a great social offering—a positive externality in the jargon of economics—given by many to all. With the increasing sustainability of energy, beginning with the fossil-fuel family, celebrate with the lights on!
Forget the holiday-lighting humbug from the deep ecologists who say:
I’ve reached the point of feeling like a Scrooge; feeling outrage over the tons of C02 going into the atmosphere via neighbors’ 10,000 light displays rather than feeling ‘joyous’.”
Actually, here comes the Scrooge bit.… But aside from light pollution, a substantial environmental footprint is created by what the Energy Saving Trust terms an ‘extravagant light display’, which translates into the generation of 400kg of extra CO2…. Bah humbug, etc.”
Celebrate the celebration in good cheer and good conscience. And kudos to the New York Times ‘Big City’ columnist Ginia Bellafante for her column, Why Holiday Light Shows Are the Therapy We Need” (December 3, 2021), subtitled: “Outdoor installations like the elaborate illuminations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden are perfect for this second pandemic winter.”
She flips the script on the energy and climate nay-sayers. Some quotations about the new attraction Lightscape follow:
Celebratory lighting … and happy holidays to all.