Partridges and turtle-doves are endangered, gold rings cost $1,600 an ounce, milk maids and leaping lords haven’t been seen for years – it’s time for a sustainable Christmas list:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Food that was grown locally;

On the second day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the third day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Five E …V’s

Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Eight wave farms
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Nine geothermal wells
Eight wave farms
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Ten turbines turning
Nine geothermal wells
Eight wave farms
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Eleven oil wells ceasing
Ten turbines turning
Nine geothermal wells
Eight wave farms
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally;

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me …
Twelve coal mines closing
Eleven oil wells ceasing
Ten turbines turning
Nine geothermal wells
Eight wave farms
Seven solar panels
Six fuel cells
Five E V’s
Four flouro lights
Three bins recycling
Two rain tanks
And food that was grown locally.

(First published by GreenBiz Cafe)