Lottie Stuph wiggled on the edge of her seat waving her arm madly. “What have you got for us, Lottie?” Nick asked. “Our advertising dept. has been going like gang-busters,” she beamed. We’re blasting folks with messaging that says getting lots of new stuff is the key to happiness. People can hardly resist! We’re stuffing the sleigh with…” Lottie would have been happy to blather on had Nick not cut her off.
“Okay, okay,” Nick said patiently. ”I’m actually more interested in hearing from the others. Ty, you’re up.” Ty Tinnup, the energy efficiency expert, reminded everyone that the least expensive, cleanest energy is energy that’s never generated or needed in the first place. His crew was loading the sleigh with insulation and weatherization materials.
The others reported in turn. Dewey Droppe said his team was filling Nick’s sack with policies and practices to clean up pfas (so called “forever chemicals”) and nitrates from ground water. Hugh Muss said his group was packing technological support and the cost structures needed to advance regenerative agriculture practices. Cy Questration’s squad was stuffing Nick’s sack with strategies and funding to expand a range of options for pulling excess, harmful CO2 from the atmosphere. St. Nick’s smile fairly glowed!
“What about you two in the back?” Nick asked. Polly and Pete sheepishly stepped forward. “Er…we can’t pretend otherwise,” Polly Ethylene began. “Plastics have kind of overdone it. Now, unfortunately, microplastics are sprinkled throughout every environment on Earth. So, we’re tucking in technology for cleaning up plastic waste.”
“And speaking of overdoing it,” Pete Rollium blushed, “we’re just as guilty. Petroleum products really do need to be reined in. We’re loading the sleigh with incentives and the know-how for businesses, organizations and everyday folks to transition to economical, clean energy sources.”
“Ho, Ho, Ho,” Nick chuckled. “I love delivering toys to children. But what really tickles my tummy are the heartfelt, non-material gifts folks give each other. I especially love those that help build a healthy world teaming with life here at the North Pole and everywhere. Because this is the only home any of us will ever know. It’s where we’re all forever …Earthbound.”