Norway’s tree at Union Station to feature environmental message

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Norway’s tree at Union Station to feature environmental message


Category: Culture / Lifestyle

Ah, the holidays — they’re all about Christmas carols, mistletoe, and… global warming?

That’s according to the 32-foot Christmas tree at Union Station donated by Norway, which will be festooned with polar bear ornaments to remind holiday merrymakers of something a little more serious than visions of sugarplums.

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas tells us the embassy selected the enviro theme after seeing the splash that last year’s tree featuring Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” made and realizing that the decor could serve as a platform for an important message. “We are seeing an increased emphasis on climate issues, and Norway is working closely with the U.S. on climate issues,” he said.

So the hundreds of reflective ornaments in the shape of polar bears will serve as a reminder that the adorable creatures’ frosty habitat is under threat. Cocoa, anyone?

The tree-lighting is set for Monday night, when Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will flip the ceremonial switch.

Another way the tree is environmentally friendly? Shh… it’s actually faux and can be reused from year to year.

Source: The Washington Post

Published: January 12, 2014