by Michael dEstries
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Speaking with Jeremy Paxman on the UK program Newsnight, rocker Sting was questioned on whether he ever felt uncomfortable traveling between his various homes “at enormous carbon costs”.

Sting said: “I think it’s an amusing red herring for the media to blame celebrities for the global crisis we’re in.” When Paxman interrupted saying that he wasn’t being blamed, but simply accused of hypocrisy, Sting replied, “I’ve done a lot of work to try and safeguard vast amounts of equatorial rainforests over the past 20 years. I think I’ve tried to ameliorate my carbon footprint which is admittedly large, but then again so is yours, Jeremy.”

He added, “Whenever I’m asked a sensible question that’s when I give a sensible answer, but none of us are blameless in this – none of us. It’s difficult to do my job and not have a carbon footprint, but I’ve tried to offset it. I’ve worked pretty hard over the last 20 years – demarcated an area of land the size of Belgium, which is a big success story, and this dam is going to compromise that.”

It’s a given that Sting is one of the more involved celebrities when it comes to the environment — but more from a cause-supporting point-of-view than a personal one. I mean, it’s not like him and Trudi fly commercial. The offsets for his personal life come from the time and dedication he’s given to protecting the rainforests — ok. But, as a celeb that also talks about carbon emissions and global warming — a little effort on greening the personal life (and concert tours as well — The Police last year were ranked as one of the worst polluting bands) would help deflect this constant criticism.

It’s one of the reasons why I believe you don’t see Brad Pitt talking about climate change and carbon emissions much — he knows he has a big-ass carbon footprint, but focusing on sustainable building to him is better for people’s health and pocketbooks than anything related to global warming.

If Sting is going to pontificate on climate change and show up at concert events like Live Earth, walking the walk at home is the only way to avoid being labeled a hypocrite, plain and simple.

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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  • Stimp

    He IS a hypocrite. He has made lifestyle CHOICES that are terrible for the environment. He could have been less self-indulgent and more eco-sensitive, and thus more credible as a “green” celeb.

  • krissy

    He should switch his airplanes to biodiesel and then offset that. I think he’s doing a respectable job. Look at Al Gore- he flies around a lot but hopefully the change he inspires is offset enough. People like me hear what they have to say and we don’t go anywhere. I am fine with that.

  • http://peanutsplayhouse Irondog

    He is a windbag,he thinks that by doing a concert for mice, he can have his roasted meat and have his bedroom freezing by that logic, if I save a cat, can I kill a human?

  • Antonio

    I can’t stand Sting, he’s one the reasons environmentalists are seen as a joke. Everyone hates him in the UK.

  • Clark

    Are you daft? Al Gore? His carbon footprint is enormous! his home alone eat up energy like Dodger fans eat HotDogs.

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  • beforewisdom

    I agree with Sting.

    I don’t see too many people giving up plane trips for work or vacations. I don’t see too many people giving up their homes, jobs, cars, careers and money to set themselves up so they can walk/bike to work.

    Nobody is pure in regards to their ecological footprint and he is going out of his way to do significant things that help.

  • Remy C.

    Everyone seems to forget, Sting used to be a school teacher… He’s still a school teacher, using the stage as a bully pulpit. I never liked Police much… I really loved Sting’s early solo efforts… but over the years, he stopped challenging himself I’m afraid, settled into a comfortable niche, possibly the realization that no matter what he might say or do, we’re still all going to hell in a hand basket. Problem with all these rock stars is the moment society lavishes them with wealth for singing revolutionary outcries, their revolution dies with their feet bathing in aromatic salts at some organic spa resort. All the rock and roll heroes we adulated as kids because they cried our torment, are all middle aged upper middle class sell outs like Ozzy, his wife and his spoiled brat kids. What happened to the man who sang War Pigs and Children of the Grave?