What is it about?
Santa should phase out coal as punishment in Christmas stockings to save the environment and children’s well-being. As Greta Thunberg says, children "can't save the world by playing by the rules," so these children deserve to be on the nice—not naughty—list, suggest the authors. So as alternatives to punitive coal, the authors suggest recycled/upcycled gifts, plant-based foods, walks and bike rides in nature, inspiring novels, or even a stick insect.
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Why is it important?
Coal is an outdated practice that send the wrong message to children.
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This page is a summary of: The gift that won’t keep on giving: ban coal as punishment at Christmas, BMJ, December 2022, BMJ,
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