On the subject of green celebrity hypocrisy, John Travolta is our poster boy. His carbon footprint is nearly 100 times that of the average Briton. And that’s okay, he doesn’t mind. In fact, he acknowledges that he’s probably not the best person to be lecturing others on Global Warming. However, he goes ahead and does it anyways.
With five private jets — and clocking more than 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months –Â Travolta stands near the top of individual environmental polluters. At the British premiere of his movie, Wild Hogs, he rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle down the red carpet and then proceeded to talk about helping the environment through the use of “alternative fuels”. From the article,
“Travolta, a Scientologist, claimed the solution to global warming could be found in outer space and blamed his hefty flying mileage on the nature of the movie business.
But his appointment as a “serving ambassador” for the Australian airline Qantas doesn’t seem to have much to do with the movies. Nor does a recent, two-month round-the-world flying trip. ‘It [global warming] is a very valid issue,’ Travolta declared. ‘I’m wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities. Everyone can do their bit. But I don’t know if it’s not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel.
‘I’m probably not the best candidate to ask about global warming because I fly jets. I use them as a business tool though, as others do. I think it’s part of this industry â€“ otherwise I couldn’t be here doing this and I wouldn’t be here now.'”
Other planets? The solution lies in outer space? I’m not going to knock the guy’s theories on solutions — since most of the world is still looking for them — but those are some of the more creative answers we’ve yet heard.
Obviously, Travolta’s flippant stance on the green movement is most disappointing. As John Buckley of CarbonFootprint.com said, “John Travolta has such a high-profile celebrity status, so what he says carries an extraordinary amount of weight. So it is such a shame when someone of his standing is so outspoken about green issues, yet fails to practise what he preaches.”
John, we enjoy you as a person and as an actor, but please do the world a favor and discard the “go green” bullshit. You are doing more as a person in the spotlight to undermine the cause than to support it. Hit the jump for more.