It’s only just turned November
and conifers grown in monoculture bereft of biodiversity
are severed from their roots,
wrapped in plastic
and driven around the country for the festive season,
to be decorated with baubles and tinsel and fairy lights,
made from fossil fuels somewhere in southeast Asia
and transported across the ocean in vast container ships,
burning bunker fuel that is far more polluting than diesel or petrol,
for us to feel the warm glow of celebration
of one or another version of the winter solstice.
It’s not that hard to think of other ways to decorate your home in the dark season, which will fill you with the additional warm glow of being more sustainable.