In the moments leading up to her performance this past Saturday, newspapers around the world were criticizing Madonna’s less-than-green lifestyle and massive carbon footprint. Beyond her nine homes and other excesses, reporters also revealed financial links to some of the world’s biggest polluters — with investments in companies promoting the very things that Live Earth is against.
Madonna was apparently not immune to the outrage and has issued comments indicating as such. From the article,
“Her spokesperson says, ‘Madonna’s agreement to sing at the Live Earth event is merely one of the first steps in her commitment to being environmentally responsible. She is educating herself and her family and has begun to make changes around her that reflect her awareness and concern for the future of the planet.’”
One of the things that artists — especially big-name artists — have got to get their heads around is that talking about something is not going to win you much credibility. Helping to support the environment and encouraging others around you to do the same requires some self-reflection on the part of the speaker. If you can show that you yourself are trying hard, others will give it a shot.
It’s never to late to change. If she wants to be a force in the environmental scene, however, the “Material Girl” might want to work on changing that label.