“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”
Campus Reform finds that Scrooge has been reincarnated and is teaching at Columbia.
A Columbia University faculty member has called for an end to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, calling the tree emblematic of an â€œabsolutely toxic relationship” with nature.
Arguing that the tree is a â€œveritable island for wildlife,” Columbia University faculty member and environmental journalist Brian Kahn decried the loss of the ecological haven. Kahn is set to teach a class in spring 2021 titled “Applications in Climate and Society.”
He warned that the tree had lost its one â€œiota of dignity” it had in its previous home. …
Khan further argued that the Rockefeller tradition reflects how â€œweâ€™ve subjugated nature to our whims.â€ He said the tree stands as â€œan icon of American exceptionalism,” pointing not only to the treeâ€™s tie to filling the underground mall, thus â€œkeeping the unnatural system alive,” but also to its place as a â€œpaean to patriotismâ€ following 9/11.
Khan added that watching the tree didnâ€™t bring him â€œelation.â€ Instead, it made him feel â€œsad that we venerate the continued subjugation of nature at the expense of unfettered growth and consumption.â€ The tree is â€œa flashy, two-hour TV special,â€ which presents a â€œshiny veneer of corporate social responsibility and giving.â€
“But really,” he added, “it just illustrates our broken system and priorities that are also strangling the planet…”