by Rebecca Carter
Categories: Music, People.

MobyMoby appeared on two English news programs this week, discussing the environment as part of Sky’s Green Britain Week. He covered three main topics during his interviews: voting with your dollars, down with our dependence on oil, and the fact that he is an environmental hypocrite.

First, in explaining the New Power Project of which he is a part with many other musicians: “Our reliance upon fossil fuels is destroying our quality of life and potential destroying the cities in which we live. It’s especially galling as an American because as a taxpayer we spend so much in the way of subsidies to support the oil industry so we’re basically funding our own demise.” Moby is quite enthusiastic about this, but the interviewer quickly shifts him away from the topic.

As for his own personal actions, Moby seems to lead a double life, and considers himself far from perfect. “I’m a big hypocrite. Personally, my carbon footprint is miniscule,” but, he continues, as a musician he’s not green with so many tour buses, plane trips, plastic CDs. When he’s on tour, he sees the big issues like the tour buses with their generators running, but isn’t sure what to do about it. “I would love to figure out a way on a professional level to do what I can to contribute less carbon to the atmosphere. And thus far, I haven’t figured out a good solution,” said Moby.

Here’s a bit of trivia…Moby doesn’t have a car, or even a driver’s license!

Finally, he emphasized that we vote every time we spend money. Vote with your dollars, and give your money to companies that are doing the right thing. The others will get the message.

The videos are worth watching, and can be found here on Sky and Five News. At 8 pm in Britain tonight Sky will host a life debate “challenging leading figures from the worlds of politics and showbusiness to provide a global response to the issues of climate change.”

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • Sustainable Sean

    The poor guy! How about switching to biodiesel for the bus/generator issue or a whole carbon neutral tour. CD cases could be made from carbohydrate polymers (cornstarch) or cardboard. Reward folks that carpool to concerts. Buy carbon offsets for plane trips (for himself and his staff).

  • rebecca

    I’m with you, Sean. I just looked to see if we’ve reported Moby as one of the musicians that has gone biodiesel, but it doesn’t seem so. And you’re right…he really didn’t answer the carbon neutral questions, did he?