The UK’s Sunday Times Online posted an article this weekend on some of the raging eco-hypocrisy rampant in Hollywood these days. While the Euro-critics love to take down US celebrities there is something to be said for keeping it real.
Sheryl Crow, John Travolta, Trudie Styler, Chris Martin, Harrison Ford and others are taken to task for not walking their talk. Among the egregious offenses are Crow’s 30 person entourage which followed behind her biodiesel tour bus in 13 gas-powered vehicles as well as Al Gore’s bill for heating his indoor swimming pool. Several celebs were also outed for flying a variety of hairstylists and chefs halfway across the world for single events.
Perhaps my favorite quote was from Chris Martin about his daughter: “As she gets older, hopefully she’ll come and see us when she wants. I always thought it’d be cool to be in school and say, ‘I’m not coming in today — I’m off to Costa Rica to see my dad play.’ I do think that wins you a few points.” According to the Times, Martin did point out that he paid for the planting of mango trees to offset the carbon emissions of his tours and flights home. I’m guessing that’s A LOT of mangoes…on someone else’s land.
Promoting extravagant air travel AND skipping school? Yikes.
Check out the full article for some more revelations as well as a thumbs up for the lifestyles of Ed Begley Jr. and Woody Harrelson.
All of these folks have done great things for a variety of causes and it’s great when public figures bring attention to important issues. But it’s even better when their lives can truly reflect their intentions.