Arnold Schwarznegger. Pharell Williams. Leonardo DiCaprio. Natalie Portman.
Just some of the household names we know for championing sustainability and preaching about the future of our planet if we don’t act upon climate change now.
Respectively, all of these people have played their part in some way in getting out the message that we all need to reduce our carbon footprint, but when we dig deeper…are they really hypocrites for telling us to change our ways?
Leonardo DiCaprio has been an environmentalist for a number of years now, and has been heavily involved in activism around ‘procrastinating’ when it comes to climate change, and even created the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation which focuses on protecting the earth and its inhabitants – a charitable move that doesn’t come cheap. In fact, his entire Instagram account is dedicated to his work in conservation and activism.
Pretty cool, right? Maybe at the surface…
It turns out that The Wolf of Wall Street star took a private jet to the very speech at the UN in which he highlighted the importance of climate change.
In fact, leaked emails from film studio Sony revealed he took six private flights in just six weeks which cost $177,550 (£137,991), and uses approximately 400 gallons of fuel every hour. Eye-watering.
It’s also worth noting that in 2014, DiCaprio also took a giant yacht to watch the World Cup, but hey, at least it’s good to know he cares about MY carbon footprint, right?
Ok, admittedly the likes of Leo and his wealth are definitely not going to see him in the Economy Class of a Delta flight, but money should not be an excuse not to make changes in your own lifestyle – and paying your way into getting the public to think “oh aren’t they a good person?” certainly doesn’t count.
But he’s not alone.
Other major figures including Richard Branson, John Travolta, numerous world leaders and music producer Pharrell (to name but a few) have vast collections of petrol-guzzling supercars that release endless pollutants into the atmosphere.
A-listers and the elite alike are also known throughout history for their lavish furs, super-soft wools and fine leather goods alike as a status symbol, and no names mentioned, but celebrities who once donned rare fox furs on the red carpet are now teaming with PETA and adopting vegan lifestyles. This is definitely a great lifestyle change and one most of us aren’t yet on board with, but it begs the question, is it all for show? Or that you can keep a slender figure by switching to an au natural diet?
I don’t know about you, but despite being a meat-eater, never once in my life have I seen wearing fur as an ethical thing to do. And while these people may have changed their eating habits, you can almost guarantee there’s a leather Birkin *somewhere* in that walk-in wardrobe.
That doesn’t, however, mean that there isn’t anyone out there making bold moves to improve their lifestyle habits in the name of saving the planet, and that should be applauded.
But, with money, comes power and responsibility – and it’s about time celebrities stopped preaching empty words, switched over to the hybrid side, and stopped expecting a pat on the back for throwing something in the recycling like the rest of us.