Ten Alternatives to Cutting Down a Tree for Christmas

Written by Andrea Lee

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So when we recommend an artificial tree in this list, it's only carefully. And here's an example of a fake tree that passes muster, and is really rather elegant too. Reusable forever, this is a fabulous tree to pass down from generation to generation as you solidify yourself as a 'No Cut Tree' family. Setrepparttar lights on a timer and way you go. This is also a sharp tree for business offices that often gorepparttar 132515 PVC tree route. All you office managers, stop! Before you commit to one ofrepparttar 132516 plastic trees, see if you can do better forrepparttar 132517 air quality ofrepparttar 132518 office. Your staff will thank you...

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7. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, try a bonsai or miniature evergreen tree.

Especially if your space is limited, or you just adore small, miniature evergreen trees are a readily available alternative to cut Christmas trees. They last a long time, and again, because they are living trees, using them or Christmas will helprepparttar 132519 planet immensely. Remember, a cut tree is a dead tree!

Visit online retailer Red Envelope for more information aboutrepparttar 132520 Mini Cypress Tree or Rosemary Tree http://www.redenvelope.com

8. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, sponsorrepparttar 132521 planting of 15 or more live trees in a damaged ecosystem.

Those of you who readrepparttar 132522 regular issue of Joy torepparttar 132523 Planet (88 ways to enjoy life AND helprepparttar 132524 planet) know I am a big fan of planting trees. And doing so for Christmas is a truly perfect choice. Inrepparttar 132525 face ofrepparttar 132526 millions of trees that are cut down for Christmas, PLANTING 15 or more, for US$15, is a bold and brilliant statement worthy of celebrating.

The non-profit organization American Forests makes it simple and easy to do. Just clickrepparttar 132527 link and consider hanging a Christmas wreath besiderepparttar 132528 certificate they send you as thanks. http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/holidays.php

9. Instead of a cut Christmas tree, decorate a completely different kind of household tree or plant.

In Hawaii,repparttar 132529 Christmas tree of choice is actuallyrepparttar 132530 Palm tree, andrepparttar 132531 family at this link http://www.joytotheplanet.com/images/ripebanana1.JPG chose to honor their banana tree with ornaments this year. (Thanks go to Tom Elliot's Alternative Energy Information Centre forrepparttar 132532 photo and inspiration.) What living room plant or tree can you dress up? 10. Instead of a cut Christmas tree in your house, stop and make a point of enjoying allrepparttar 132533 Christmas trees that are already out there.

Have you ever stopped and noticed how many Christmas trees - artificial, cut, potted, inflatable, outdoor, what have you - you walk by every December? Last time I was out, I counted more than thirty!

So this year, instead of cutting down a Christmas tree for your own private viewing, why not take a moment and enjoyrepparttar 132534 many trees that have been decorated with care out there? Whether it be atrepparttar 132535 mall, onrepparttar 132536 Christmas television special, in magazines,repparttar 132537 Internet, orrepparttar 132538 one in your friend's living room (until next year, when you convince her not to get one!). There's plenty of tree to enjoy for all of us.

Merry tree-free Christmas!

Best regards,


Andrea Lee andrea@joytotheplanet.com To sign up for Joy torepparttar 132539 Planet,repparttar 132540 ezine that shows you how to enjoy life AND helprepparttar 132541 planet, just visit http://www.joytotheplanet.com for more information. It's fun, and free! Note: Although we have carefully researchedrepparttar 132542 various links above, we cannot guaranteerepparttar 132543 quality or availability of products purchased from other companies. Please inquire directly withrepparttar 132544 respective online companies for pricing, warranty, and other detail. Thank you!

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The Self-Appointed Altruists - Part II

Written by Sam Vaknin

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NGO's are becoming not only all-pervasive but more aggressive. In their capacity as "shareholder activists", they disrupt shareholders meetings and act to actively tarnish corporate and individual reputations. Friends ofrepparttar Earth worked hard last year to instigate a consumer boycott against Exxon Mobil - for not investing in renewable energy resources and for ignoring global warming. No one - including other shareholders - understood their demands. But it went down well withrepparttar 132512 media, with a few celebrities, and with contributors.

As "think tanks", NGO's issue partisan and biased reports. The International Crisis Group published a rabid attack onrepparttar 132513 then incumbent government of Macedonia, days before an election, relegatingrepparttar 132514 rampant corruption of its predecessors - whom it seemed to be tacitly supporting - to a few footnotes. On at least two occasions - in its reports regarding Bosnia and Zimbabwe - ICG has recommended confrontation,repparttar 132515 imposition of sanctions, and, if all else fails,repparttar 132516 use of force. Thoughrepparttar 132517 most vocal and visible, it is far from beingrepparttar 132518 only NGO that advocates "just" wars.

The ICG is a repository of former heads of state and has-been politicians and is renowned (and notorious) for its prescriptive - some say meddlesome - philosophy and tactics. "The Economist" remarked sardonically: "To say (that ICG) is 'solving world crises' is to risk underestimating its ambitions, if overestimating its achievements."

NGO's have orchestratedrepparttar 132519 violent showdown duringrepparttar 132520 trade talks in Seattle in 1999 and its repeat performances throughoutrepparttar 132521 world. The World Bank was so intimidated byrepparttar 132522 riotous invasion of its premises inrepparttar 132523 NGO-choreographed "Fifty Years is Enough" campaign of 1994, that it now employs dozens of NGO activists and let NGO's determine many of its policies.

NGO activists have joinedrepparttar 132524 armed - though mostly peaceful - rebels ofrepparttar 132525 Chiapas region in Mexico. Norwegian NGO's sent members to forcibly board whaling ships. Inrepparttar 132526 USA, anti-abortion activists have murdered doctors. In Britain, animal rights zealots have both assassinated experimental scientists and wrecked property.

Birth control NGO's carry out mass sterilizations in poor countries, financed by rich country governments in a bid to stem immigration. NGO's buy slaves in Sudan thus encouragingrepparttar 132527 practice of slave hunting throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Other NGO's actively collaborate with "rebel" armies - a euphemism for terrorists.

NGO's lack a synoptic view and their work often undermines efforts by international organizations such asrepparttar 132528 UNHCR and by governments. Poorly-paid local officials have to contend with crumbling budgets asrepparttar 132529 funds are diverted to rich expatriates doingrepparttar 132530 same job for a multiple ofrepparttar 132531 cost and with inexhaustible hubris.

This is not conducive to happy co-existence between foreign do-gooders and indigenous governments. Sometimes NGO's seem to be an ingenious ploy to solve Western unemployment atrepparttar 132532 expense of down-trodden natives. This is a misperception driven by envy and avarice.

But it is still powerful enough to foster resentment and worse. NGO's are onrepparttar 132533 verge of provoking a ruinous backlash against them in their countries of destination. That would be a pity. Some of them are doing indispensable work. If only they were a wee more sensitive and somewhat less ostentatious. But then they wouldn't be NGO's, would they?

Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory Bellaonline, and Suite101 .

Visit Sam's Web site at http://samvak.tripod.com

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