Less plastic, more ethical consumption

In our Good News this week, Shubham Kaushik introduced a very humane action from a German association. “Little Homes”, rolling mini-houses, are created for homeless people over the winter so that they have a warm place to live throughout the cold time. They come with a cooking and washing area.

To avoid more plastic than fish in the ocean, 200 countries signed a UN resolution to stop polluting oceans with plastic. Every year, almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in oceans around the world.

According to Ethical Consumer magazine in the UK whose annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report has tracked Britain’s ethical spending more and more people are choosing to consume ethically and locally in order to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Christmas Dinner Danish style

This week our reporter Miriam Karout learned how to make a traditional Danish Christmas dinner. Together with some Danes she had a huge feast with roast duck with apples and plum, potatoes, red cabbage, fish filet and hering, liver paste with mushrooms and bacon on rye bread and cheese. This was accompanied by a huge dessert, which was a traditional cold rice pudding with whipped cream, vanilla, almonds and hot cherry sauce. Depending on where in Denmark someone is from, Danes eat roasted pork or duck. And as Danes also really like to play games, everyone brought little gifts which they distributed by rolling a dice and then picking them out.

Light in the darkness
Many lights, a christmas hat and much water: The Santa Lucia Parade in Aarhus on Kajaks. Copyright: Annabell Brockhues

A procession of girls, wearing a white robe with a red belt and a crown of candles on her heads – that is what the Santa Lucia tradition in Denmark normally looks like. This year, it was a bit different in Aarhus: The Santa Lucia tradition was done with Kajaks, which brought the light from the bay to the city.

100 Kajaks on their ay to Dokk1. Copyright: Annabell Brockhues

On 13th of December 100 Kajaks on the water made up the Santa Lucia parade, organized by the Kajak and Kanu Club in Aarhus. Santa Lucia is celebrated on the darkest day of the year. Per tradition, she brought light tothe people in the dark winter days. So in the Scandinavian countires light parades with candles are happening on the 13th of december. Many colorful fairy lights were seen on the kajaks  – white Santa Lucia dress small channels to Dokk1 500 people singing Santa Lucia song. Crowd folloed back

Christmas with Coconuts and Palm trees

This week’s Music and Society gave us a different idea of Christmas, than what many people are used to. Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kalikimaka” gives us a fun idea of Hawaiian Christmas. The song mostly refers to the wonderful weather in Hawaii during the Christmas time. Mostly, the sun shines bright and Christmas will be green and sun lit, something, that might seem very funny for countries in Europe and North America.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

Have you ever asked yourself where Christmas trees come from? The business is big in Europe and Denmark is playing a significant role in it. Our reporter Pia Bheme from Germany gave us an idea on what Christmas is like in Germany. The biggest region to grow the trees is called “Sauerland”. Millions of Christmas trees grow there on 180 square kilometersand approximately 10 million trees are grown there per year. 

But what about Denmark?  Approximately 9 to 10 million trees are being sold here every year. More than half of them get exported to Germany. Denmark is the largest exporter of Christmas trees in Europe and most of the trees are called “Nordmann för”. The species is very popular because the leaves are not spiky and it stays green and fresh for a long time.

 

 

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