by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.

snipshot_e4113v6jut96.jpgPhew, what a busy week it’s been for The Stop Global Warming Tour! With Gore keeping quiet (and potentially hatching Presidential ambitions), attention has focused on Sheryl Crow and Laurie David and the media have been having a great time. First up, we reported yesterday that Sheryl Crow urged students at a campus gathering to consider conserving toilet paper; as little as one square per sitting. It’s now been reported that Sheryl was joking about such measures. Here’s another interesting (and humorous) idea she had as well,

“I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a “dining sleeve.” The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve,” after usage. The design will offer the “diner” the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.”

The problem with these jokes is that there are people out there who will take them seriously (like us) and those that will use this humor to twist and jab at the entire environmental movement. Humor often does not come across well in print. If you’ve got the spotlight, you’ve got to be careful. Though I seriously doubt anyone can come away unscathed these days from the media spin machine.

In other news, Ecorazzi favorite Sen. James M. Inhofe has challenged celebrity activists to reduce their carbon footprints to that of the average American by Earth Day 2008. From the article,

‘I simply believe that former Vice President Al Gore and his Hollywood friends who demand we change the way we live to avert this over-hyped ‘crisis’ not only talk the talk, but walk the walk,’ said the Senator. ‘How hard is it for these elitists to become as frugal in their energy consumption as the average American? I think the American public has a right to know they are being had.’

Right. Because all the money I’ve saved by making my home more energy efficient or by buying a car with higher mileage is some giant conspiracy. All of the efforts being promoted by environmentalists to save our natural resources, develop a sustainable economy, invest in renewable energy, and move away from foreign oil are all evil plots to enslave mankind. If I’m being duped, please explain where the downside lies?

Finally, thesmokinggun.com reported yesterday that Sheryl Crow’s tour requirements include “three tractor trailers, four buses and six cars for her entourage. She also insists on 12 bottles of Grolsch beer, six bottles of “local” beer and a bottle each of “good Australian Cabernet” and “good Merlot.” It was then revealed that these requests were from 10 years ago. We’re not sure if her tastes in wine have changed (and we sure as hell applaud the “local” approach), but we can say without much doubt that such an entourage of vehicles is probably a thing of the past.

But it makes for great spin.

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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  • Katie

    I think this is a great moment for our community to stand with each other and demand responsibility from our celebrity counterparts. We do not need any more reasons for the spin machine to turn. We need to stand firm and speak intellegently not throw around “tastless” jokes. I feel this is irresponsible and only makes it harder for us to have a true conversation and clouds over the problems. Sheryl, thanks for being an activist, but please, please, please think before you speak or blog. I have a hard time understanding why on earth you would make light of such a serious issue and can ony wonder what you thought you accomplish by making the statements you did. Please be more responsible in the future, we do not need more distractions!

  • Bill

    James Inhofe is EXACTLY RIGHT about one thing. Celebrities have every ability to put their money where there mouth is. I am a middle class parent with a two year old, and am really desperately concerned about climate change. I devote alot of my free time on advocacy on the issue and I have started to make alot of changes in my life. If I had the millions of dollars that many of these folks had, I would immediately put up solar panels, and use a good portion of the money towards the issue. Changing our culture and consumption habits to solve the climate crisis will not be easy, and it’s incubent apon those who are blessed with money and power to walk the talk.

    Although it was a typical tactic of the Right wing to discredit the issue of Climate Change by shooting the messenger when they revealed Al Gore’s electric consumption, I was disillusioned that he had not installed top of the line conservation and renewable energy features to his house a long time ago. He has the means to make his house climate neutral without carbon credits. The issue is too damn important for any hint of hypocracy.

  • http://www.afreshsqueeze.com Jonathan

    As much as it pains me to say it, I also agree with Inhofe. All these celebrities and green activists talk a great talk, but they need to start walking the walk. I am trying to conserve as much as I can, as well as helping educate other people in the Chicago area through my website, AFreshSqueeze.com, but these celebrities are still using a lot of resources and energy. They should live more frugal lives, and even though they become ‘carbon neutral’ through other means than straight conservation (i.e. Carbon Credits), there are other direct ways to become more carbon conservative.

    Living green isn’t just the sexy, hot thing to do right now. It’s a way to help preserve the world for future generations. Although it is good that these celebrities are making the public more aware of what’s going on, they have to start living greener, if only to set good examples.

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  • http://www.spacecod.tripod.com J.MITCHELL SIMON

    I’m really tired of the leftist elitists in Hollywood anyway and wish they wouldn’t be paid
    so much attention by the PRESS,who is equally
    annoying.

    Why don’t these jerks either put-up or shut up
    and if these “enemies within”, don’t cut it out -
    Like to see them put all together on a boat without
    being told what day it is or anything about the MAINLAND like they did for the “Man Without a Country”,yes, because they are a bunch of Benedict
    Arnold type TRAITORS-YES! THEY ARE TRAITORS TO OUR COUNTRY! SEE THE LIST ON HOW MANY OF THEM CONTRIBUTE
    TO THE ENEMIES ABROAD -START W/SEAN PENN,THE TRAITOR!AND THE REST OF THE HOLLYWOOD CABAL!

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