They lecture other people about the need to take action on climate change but then climb aboard private jets. Celebrity “super-emitters” have carbon footprints up to 300 times bigger than the average person and may encourage others to adopt their dirty habits by flaunting their frequent flying on social media, a study says. Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, has the biggest carbon footprint of the ten celebrities whose travel habits were examined by the study. He took 59 flights in 2017, travelling 343,000km (213,000 miles). The study assumed he flew in his private jet, which he has described as his “guilty pleasure” and “big splurge”, and calculated his flying produced 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, compared to a global average of less than five tonnes per person. Other celebrity frequent flyers included in the study by Lund University in Sweden include Paris Hilton who took 68 flights and travelled 275,000km, Jennifer Lopez 77 flights and 224,000km, and Oprah Winfrey 29 flights and 134,000km.
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IF someone were to commission a manual on how to score a spectacular own goal then the first port of call should be Extinction Rebellion, or failing that Willie Donnachie. That the planet is facing a crisis is only denied by the incredibly stupid, the clinically insane or Donald Trump who transcends both categories. But there are ways of going about spreading the message and Extinction Rebellion have failed to get the public on board and instead have just collectively annoyed them. The sight of an exquisitely shod, middle class oik with a perfectly manicured beard standing on the roof of the Tube train you are about to board to go to work is more than enough to turn the crowd against you.
Herald 24th Oct 2019 read more »