by Michael dEstries
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There are so many “Top 10 Green Celebrity” articles out there that we often have trouble keeping up. For obvious reasons, we consider ourselves fairly good experts on who’s deserving of being on that short list. So when a new one appears from Disney somehow including Madonna in the running, we have to clear the air.

Folks, Madonna isn’t green. I know, I know — we all had high hopes after her participation in Live Earth, as well as personal vows to reduce her environmental impact. There was even a moment when she was spotted flying commercial — while frightening passengers with vitamin injections — but it was a start, damnit!

Then came the news that she spends $120,000 a year on bottled water. Followed by a bizarre rant on London’s congestion tax — meant to curb CO2 and increase the use of mass transportation. After that, the appearance on the cover of not one, but two ‘green’ edition magazines; of which nothing in the interviews even hinted at her involvement with any environmental initiatives. To cap it all off, the BBC reported that Madonna’s carbon output last year was 200 times the average American’s; and her latest tour features nothing green like so many other acts out on the road making a difference.

Now, if you want to grade the singer on her involvement with humanitarian projects, we’re all for weighing her contributions. In the past year, Madonna has ramped up her efforts to support children in Malawi — with everything from development of a multi-million-dollar girls’ school for underprivileged children in the country to creating a documentary on the plight of those living there. Not to mention all of the events she’s held to bring in money for her charity, Raising Malawi.

So, while we’re quick to shower praise on the efforts of the Material Girl to help those less fortunate, we seriously can’t get behind any list honoring her for her work with the environment. We love being proven wrong — and maybe next year there will be some justification for including her — but for now there are plenty of others out there more deserving of the award.

via UK Metro

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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  • Didier

    MADONNA has to be hugely praised for her humanitarian work. She also finalised many otehr projects in Malawi (orphenages,etc.)in Malawi but it is ignored by some media. MADONNA has a big big heart.

  • latheita

    thanks for clearing that up!!!

  • Remy Chevalier

    Damn Michael, I think you and the Material Girl need to sit down and have a heart to heart talk… Not that it makes much difference, because sometimes people do the right thing for all the wrong reasons, but back in 1990, when few people really cared all that much,or realized the consequeces, Madonna and Christie Brinkley got together to host a series of benefits for Don’t Bungle The Jungle in a desperate, and now evidently failed attempt at saving the Brazilian rainforest… They preceeded Sting and the Grateful Dead in this effort… who is talking about the lungs of the planet now? Some hope, wrongly, that lumping everything in with carbon footprint will unify and solve the energy crisis… it won’t… what it has done is paint the nuclear power industry green, because even though they may not produce all that much CO2 in day to day operations, the production and byproducts of its fuel is the most toxic substance on Earth, a much worse long term problem than any slight increase in CO2 levels. If Madonna came out as being anti-nuclear, advocating the shut down of Indian Point, which is what any New Yorker should do, then we might actually stand a chance. She wrapped herself in the flag for Rock The Vote, but didn’t even register. She’s a performer, not a politician… she’s a public figure, not a deep thinker. It’s the people around her, if there’s such a thing. I hope she reads this.

  • shannon

    I would think the top “Green” celebs should be people who consistently set an example for the masses by making eco-friendly lifestyle changes. Supporting a benefit for the rainforest, while a wonderful cause, does not make her a top Green celeb, IMHO. I just have to agree that I haven’t seen WHY she is worthy of an Eco-Celeb award…(I mean, if there’s info about her we don’t know re: solar panels, recycling, yada…)

  • The Go Green Blog

    Madonna is as green as her British accent is real.

  • John

    So Madunga is to be praised for her kid shopping tours in the whole world? Human trafficking is in my opinion not so nobel!

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