Majority of Germans support ditching Christmas lights

epa08037869 An installation in the shape of Rudolf and Santa Claus's Sled is illuminated in front of the Friedrichsfelde Palace in Berlin, Germany, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON

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A majority of Germans say they would consider scaling down their Christmas lights to protect the climate, a survey released on Sunday said.

A total of 57% of those surveyed said they would reduce Christmas lighting or even do without it in the future, according to the survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the German news agency DPA.

Of the respondents, 11% said they would make do without any lights this year due to climate concerns, while 10% said they would do so in the future. But 35% said turning off the lights was not an option for them.

Opinion is split on whether there should be fewer lights on buildings and in the streets in general, with 44% both for and against the idea.

Having lights up during the festive season is appreciated by a large majority of 79% in Germany. Almost seven out of 10 people surveyed plan to decorate their homes with electric Christmas lights this year.

Via DW

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