I just read a blog about a daft proposal to light less Hanukka candles in order to do our bit to save the world from greenhouse gasses.
As the writer correctly notes, this is the kind of daft suggestion that gives the environmentalist movement a bad name. We should be concentrating on the real issues – promoting a sustainable and sensible level of energy and resource usage.
Interestingly, the Ashkenazim are the offenders here. The Sefaradim have a much greener Hannuka as they only light one Menora/Hannukia per household. If these green Hannuka guys new about Halacha (Jewish law), they could have suggested following the Sefaradim on this or alternatively going back to the original custom related in the Gemarra of lighting a single light every night.
Incidentally the conclusion of the Halacha was to light progressively more lights every night in order to symbolize the idea of the small lone light getting bigger and spreading as the festival goes on. Personally I’ll keep my Hannuka that way.