In a recent interview with UK’s Sunday Times, Jeremy Irons discussed a world he sees as unsustainable, wasteful, and overpopulated and his belief that disease will be nature’s way of decreasing our population by one half. Those views, which are obviously shared by many eco-minded individuals, were followed by an unfortunate turn within the interview as Irons seems to point the finger at everyone else other than himself.
The actor who is currently seeking funding for a movie the likes of “An Inconvenient Truth” told the Times, “You walk down the high street and it’s just clothes, clothes, clothes. How many clothes do people need? We’re on a hiding to nothing with that. We’ve always known the City was a bubble. We can’t continue to divide the world between people who live a pie-in-the-sky life and people who are starving.”
Ironically, Irons owns seven homes.
Irons hopes to educate the public about the strain on the globe’s resources and urge people to live less extravagantly. “People must drop their standard of living [so] the wealth can be spread about. There’s a long way to go.”
The article is reminiscent of a recent story Ecorazzi posted about Al Gore, another green campaigner, who admits meat consumption is a contributing factor to climate change and that climate change will eventually cause the end of mankind yet the former Vice President can’t forgo his pork chop. When Jeremy Irons drops his extra homes and lives at a more modest level, maybe his views can be taken more seriously—especially by those of us who don’t own a plethora of dwellings.