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article imageChristmas banned at Copenhagen summit

By Kevin Jess     Dec 7, 2009 in Environment
Denmark's Foreign Ministry has banned Christmas and any symbols attached to the holiday during this weeks climate summit in Copenhagen.
Svend Olling, the Danish Foreign Ministry's head of practical planning for the climate summit said the holiday and all of its symbols will be kept well clear of the climate summit's venues, reports the Copenhagen Post.
According to Olling, Christmas is a religious holiday and it has no place at a UN function. He told the Copenhagen Post, ‘We have to remember that this is a UN conference and, as the centre then becomes UN territory, there can be no Christmas trees in the decor, because the UN wishes to maintain neutrality."
To drive home the point, one of the summit's sponsors was turned down when it donated numerous Nordmann fir trees for the conference.
The trees were given due to the fact they are among the best trees at binding carbon dioxide and preventing its release into the atmosphere, fully living up to the climate-friendliness standards of the summit’s organisers.
Hosts of U.N. events are expected to abide by U.N. norms, hence the decision was made to invite some of the world's most controversial politicians such as the leaders of Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma who ordinarily are banned by European Union law, reports CNS News.
Copenhagen's City Hall, famous during the holiday season for it's giant Christmas tree, is assured that the city will have the world's most environmentally friendly Christmas trees this year.
According to BBC News the city will have volunteers pedal bicycles to power the lights on the city's tree, preventing the regular nine tonnes of carbon dioxide normally produced by lighting the tree.
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