Do as the celebrities say, not as they do.
Stars’ massive carbon footprint
J. Lo, Oprah big offenders
Virtue signalling celebrities like star Emma Watson, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton are being slammed as greenhouse gas “super-emitters.”
Swedish researchers analyzed the carbon footprints of 10 celebrities who are known for their jet-setting propensities. The stats are from 2017.
Watson flew about 14 times that year travelling nearly 68,000 km — all on commercial airlines — and spending around 71 hours in the air. Her carbon footprint from flying was 13.6 tonnes of CO2. That’s three times the global average. And ironically, Watson — as a UN spokesman — has called for action to stop climate change.
But she was nowhere near the top of the list.
It was Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates who had the heaviest carbon footprint with more than 1,451 tonnes of CO2 spewed into the atmosphere. Most of his flights were on his private jet.
After Gates came heirhead Paris “That’s Hot” Hilton who logged 275,754 km on private jets, emitting more than 1,100 tonnes of CO2 in the process.
She helpfully tweeted: “This is earth. It’s hot. Don’t pollute.”
Other high-carbon fliers were: Jennifer Lopez (224,535 km); Oprah Winfrey (134,148 km) and Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg (106,036 km). Lopez joined up with another frequent flyer, Leonardo di Caprio, when she tweeted: “The lungs of the Earth are on fire.”
The duo asked followers what “you can do” to battle climate change.
Also listed was the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, German footballer Andre Schurrle, web video producer Felix von der Laden and U.S. businesswoman Meg Whitman.
The list of shame was published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research and based on the celebs’ social media snapshots and posts.
The boffins admitted that all of the travel may not have been covered. “As
Greta Thunberg affirmed early on, 'the bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty,’" said the study’s lead researcher, Steffan Gossling, of Lund University.
A spokesman for Watson told the Daily Mail: “Emma pays to offset all of her air travel carbon emissions through Climatecare.org.”
Most of these people believe man made C02 emissions are an existential threat. I have to assume they think their own emissions are not a threat. That includes Greta too.