City of Roses
As an American who takes conservation, ecological wisdom and sustainability most seriously on even the more insignificant levels, I absolutely agree this is absurd and doesn't accomplish anything.
Look, the emissions candles release are a drop in the bucket compared to what fireplaces/chimneys release. The latter not only emits more CO2 particles than any other room or device in the house: it emits a whopping amount more than even the next closest appliance (some argue the stove, others argue the shower).
If environmentalists want to make their case about making fireplaces more green, I absolutely agree there. Having read years ago about how much emissions charcoal briquettes and firewood release, I have, beginning in 2004, been using Java Logs, which each log is about 65% used coffee grounds (studies actually show coffee grounds suprisingly burn brighter and hotter than sawdust logs, while producing 88% less carbon monoxide than firewood) which a Canadian engineer by the name of Rod Sprules invented eight years ago from a book of "silly ideas" he wrote, where one suddenly stuck with him and made a lot of sense. Java Logs have been expanding rapidly on the US market over these past four years, where as recently as 2005 they were only available in select outlets in four states (New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey) and now you can find them at select outlets in almost every state.
But candles? Unless you were to set a new Guinness Book of World Records statistic for the World's Largest Candle at thirty feet wide in diameter and one-hundred and fifty feet tall, and ignite it, which that would certainly release a lot of CO2 particles into the atmosphere.......I think the mindset that even lighting candles to celebrate holiday traditions and funerals, among other important rituals harms the planet immensely is downright dippy.
By that logic, those Israeli environmentalists ought to be implementing a national ban on burning incense in antique stores and gift shops.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"