School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

The great Christmas tree debate: Is it better to buy a real tree or a fake one?

December 16, 2019

The Conversation, Warren Mabee, Director and Associate Dean, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


It’s the holiday season again, and in the midst of making to-do lists and prepping for festive dinners, some people will once again ponder whether it is better for the environment to buy an artificial Christmas tree or to opt for the real thing.

It’s a good question to ask. We’re in the midst of a climate emergency and are becoming increasingly aware of our environmental impact.

Many of us are more likely to think about climate change when making purchases through the year. It makes sense to wonder if leaving trees in the ground to continue growing might not make a better contribution to the fight against climate change.

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