Global warming has prompted Santa Claus to issue an urgent appeal to children to help save his home in the Arctic. In a new video from the radical environmental group Greenpeace, the jolly old elf hardly looks like himself as he announces, “I bring bad tidings.”
Santa appears quite haggard wearing a dingy suit left open to show the t-shirt underneath. With the sound of dripping water in the background, flickering lights and a flashlight serving as a spotlight, he warns that degrading conditions at the North Pole could bring an end to his annual sleigh ride.
With labored breaths, Santa says, “For some time now melting ice, here, at the North Pole has made our operations and our day to day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”
Fast disappearing Arctic ice apparently threatens his home and Santa’s pleas to world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been “met with indifference.”
“Needless to say, these individuals are now at the top of my naughty list,” Santa says.
He continues, “My home in the arctic is fast disappearing. And unless we all act urgently, then I have to warn you of the possibility of an empty stocking forevermore. Please help me.”
The call to action from the so-called Santa directs viewers to a Greenpeace sponsored website, SaveSantasHome.org.
On the website visitors are told, “Santa can no longer function. His warehouse is flooded. All the presents are ruined.”
“World leaders are ignoring the reindeer’s cries for help as they sink in the melting ice. Even the threat of being on Santa’s naughty list hasn’t prompted a rescue operation,” the site says.
The timing of Greenpeace’s video is arguably not the best.
The Arctic sea ice minimum, reached in September, saw a 49% increase over the previous year. That represents an increase of 653,000 square miles giving Santa and the reindeer quite a bit more snow and ice to play on and use to prepare for Christmas.