by Michael dEstries
Categories: Transport
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paris.jpgParis Hilton is in Berlin this week promoting a new sparkling wine sold in cans and also updating the rest of us on her environmental efforts. ”I changed all the light bulbs to energy-safe light bulbs and I’m buying a hybrid car right now,” the 26-year-old celebrity heiress said Wednesday. According to StarPulse, Hilton “turns off the lights, doesn’t leave the TV on or the water running when she leaves her house.” She continued, ”These are little things that people can do every day to make a huge difference.” Which in Paris’s case are instantly negated by the private jet she most likely used to fly to and fro Berlin.

However, much like rock star Slash’s ‘small differences’ quote last week, Paris is advocating some good first small steps people can take to make their homes more energy-efficient. Regarding the hybrid car, we’re about as skeptical on that one as when Paris first starting dropping eco bombs early last year. Who could forget this quote? “I like hybrids, but a lot of them aren’t that cute. I’m thinking silver … or maybe I’ll get a green one!” This was back in August. In fact, we’re starting to see some celebrities display intentions but take their time in following through. Heroes star Hayden Panettiere vowed to get rid of her Porsche SUV back in early June but continues to drive it today — with that unfortunate action undermining her other efforts in the eyes of critics.

So, it remains to be seen if Paris will indeed be shuttled around in a hybrid or will simply continue to debate the cuteness factor. With many months between when she first decided to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle to now, there’s not much to indicate a change in business as usual.

Enjoy the flight home.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Derek

    The methane from your false assertions in this story contribute more greenhouse gas to the enviornment than Paris.

    Are you able to confirm that she travelled to Berlin by private jet, I think not.

    Hybrid cars are also overrated as an attempt to reduce emissions.

    Would you not be better attacking the agricultural industry.

    When countries and states really want to address the issue maybe national electricity grids can be brought into the spotlight, they are the major source of wasted electricity. Surely by now it is possible to transport that invisible stuff with better conduction than is currently being done. An electrictrition recently told me that that powerlines are only 20%v efficient.

    As always governments like to push the responsibility onto the individual rather than accepting it for themselves. Green advocates blindly accept this.

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    She recently flew to Moscow in a private jet — so good deduction tells me that the same probably happened with Berlin.

    You believe hybrids do not reduce emissions? Or are are you arguing that hybrids are the answer? Certainly, they are a stepping stone and a very small piece of the puzzle.

    “As always governments like to push the responsibility onto the individual rather than accepting it for themselves. Green advocates blindly accept this.”

    Who blindly accepts this? Should we simply wait then for the current administration to do something for us? Is that what you’re advocating? I think people gave up on that option a long time.

    The green movement will indeed have the greatest impact when government steps in to help moves things along. Where do you come from, however, suggesting that green advocates do not work for this? I’ll refer to your to http://www.stepitup2007.org/ for more information.

    While government is a big part of the puzzle, don’t stop believing in the power of the individual to inspire change.

  • http://www.15minutedate.com/blog Cindy (The 15 Minute Dating Blog)

    Paris the environmentalist? could this really happen? Perhaps time will tell..

  • http://www.myspace-text.com MySpace Text

    Derek and Michael have good points…I agree with them…I’d like also to emphasize that change starts within our selves.

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  • some dude

    good job paris.
    thanks adrian grenier.

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  • Eco Mama

    Love your site!!

    Jay Leno did a good piece on Green Cars and it is definitely worth watching. He favors the natural gas vehicles (Civic GX) over gasoline-electric hybrids and I totall agree with him:
    http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/video_player.shtml?vid=195846

    Peace out!

  • SarLo

    i agree with Derek, partially.
    i think hybrid cars are a step in the right direction but not really enough. you can’t just change your light bulbs hope in a hybrid and think you’re doing your part.
    industrialized farming and the globalization of our food system are probably the biggest threats to our environment, and yet they’re rarely even mentioned. what does this say?
    ALSO biofuels threaten food security and food sovereignty for billions of people in the so-called-developing world, and may even contribute far more to the environmental issues our globe is facing than regular fuels because of the methods by which the crops are farmed.
    so, really, get on your bike. if you can’t bike, get on a bus, if you gotta fly, the least you can do is buy carbon off sets. but don’t by a hybrid car and think you’re gods gift to the planet.

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