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What is Santa’s Carbon Footprint?

Image by Ethical Ocean (used with permission)

What are the carbon emissions of Santa's operation?

Yes, someone actually took the time to calculate Santa’s impact on the atmosphere. While we all know he brings plenty of cheer, a new infographic by the environmentally-friendly shopping website Ethical Ocean shows his operation has a carbon footprint much bigger than a lump of coal.

The group estimates that Santa’s sleigh trip alone involves over 69 million metric tons of carbon emissions. They actually crunched the numbers on the height of Santa’s reindeer, the weight of Santa himself (300 pounds), and the payload of his sleigh (nearly 321,000 tons of toys, the top contributor). Over his 122 million-mile journey delivering cheer across the world, Santa’s guilty of emitting in one night the equivalent of the annual carbon footprint of the entire country of Qatar.

“It took about a month to complete.” Jonathan Fishbein, Chief Technology Officer for Ethical Ocean, told us. Which numbers were hardest to find? “They were all pretty difficult. It was very hard to research Santa’s actual carbon footprint. So we spent a lot of time trying to figure out each and every number.”

Why bother doing all of this in the first place? “We thought this would be a great infographic to release for the holiday season,” Fishbein says. “People have found it pretty entertaining. It’s bringing environmental issues out to people at a time when they might not be thinking of them.”

And without any further delay, a complete look at Santa’s carbon footprint:

Santa's Carbon Footprint Infographic
Infographic by Ethical Ocean on Santa’s Carbon Footprint

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  • Christophe Deseaux

    That the folks at Ethical Ocean were only trying to make a point is quite obvious.  That they would use Santa Claus to do it (and spend a month working on this) shows a lack of reasoning that is beyond perplexing.  Regardless of good intentions, they are vilifying one of the most beloved caricatures in Western Civilization.  Oh, yeah, Western Civilization is inherently evil…I forgot, and now this makes perfect sense! Instead of taking my kids to sit on Santa’s lap and wonder at the joy in their faces, I’ll take them to a petrochemical factory and tell them how bad and evil they are for having been born an American until they accept their culpability and the shame and hopelessness of it all brings tears to their eyes. 

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