Santa strips down to bare essentials to save the planet

IT'S HOT, DAMN HOT: No, Santa hasn't taken a trip to Australia, he's in Taiwan and it's far too hot for this time of year. Why so balmy? The answer is global warming

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Mon, Dec 25, 2006 - Page 2

Sometimes, nudity can speak louder than words, particularly if the issue has barely been noticed by the public.

The Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) put together a skit in front of the Red Playhouse in Ximending yesterday to publicize the incremental steps that it believes the government should take to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The skit began with Santa Claus arriving from Northern Europe to distribute gifts in Taiwan. He meets with a friendly local and complains about the country's unbearable heat.

"It's global warming!" said the Taiwanese. "Taiwan is hot because of the carbon dioxide emissions."

"You can't do this any more," Santa said. "You have to figure out ways to reduce the emissions, or Taiwan and the Earth will suffer major disasters."

"What else can I do?" the local replied, "neither the government nor the Legislative Yuan pay much attention to the issue and are not aggressive in curbing emissions."

"Oh, it's so hot. I can't take it anymore! I am going to take my clothes off," Santa said while taking off his red outfit.

In a statement, the union accused the government of lacking determination to resolve the issue.

"The goals and timetable that the Executive Yuan has set out show that it has not made any progress in the past eight years," the statement said.

The union hoped that through the satire the public would recognize the importance of global warming.

The statement then demanded that the government immediately pass a new law that stipulates the compulsory reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.