Celebrity Climate Hypocrisy

August 23, 2019

By John McClaughry

Michael Shellenberger, writing in Forbes last Thursday [August 22], observes that “British Royal couple Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle triggered widespread outrage recently after lecturing the world about climate change while flying around the world in private jets.”

“’With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference,’ the Duke of Sussex said on Instagram a few days before jetting off with the Duchess to Ibiza, Spain and then to Nice, France. BBC calculates that those two flights alone produced six times more emissions than the average Briton does each year.”

“But was the couple’s ostentatious display of climate hypocrisy really accidental? After all, celebrities have been hypocritically moralizing about climate change and other environmental issues for decades. And, now, a growing number of celebrities are getting into the act.”

“In late July, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, Chris Martin, Harry Styles, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, and Orlando Bloom flew by private jet to an elite Google conference to discuss new ways to moralize about climate change. (Prince Harry lectured the crowd in bare feet.)”
And Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is currently sailing on a [sometimes wind powered] yacht from Monaco to New York to set an example of how to live without emitting carbon when in reality her trip will emit four times more emissions than flying would have because her crew is jetting back home afterward.”

File these under “celebrity climate hypocrisy”.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kyle August 24, 2019 at 10:42 am

The president of the US flys around in a Boeing 747 by himself. Do you really expect the royal family and other celebrities to fly around coach? It’s a security concern.

Honestly I like the EIA. But do you ever write anything other than bashing someone for something they did? Can you present fresh ideas and solutions? The tone is so negative and it’s starting to sound like a broken record. Always acting as the opposition party. Maybe focus on solutions. The world needs more positivity. Thanks.


GUY PAGE August 24, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Eai presents beaucoup solutions, read their posts. And one solution is to expose hypocrisy and hidden agendas where they exist.


Kyle September 3, 2019 at 3:24 pm

I read everything they publish.. lately John’s posts have just been tiresome. Find an article on the internet, generalize it to an entire population, rip it apart; rinse and repeat. It’s not a principles oriented approach. It’s just a tit-for-tat back and forth that you’d expect from click-bait “journalism” that we are inundated with from the media today.
Yes Leo Dicaprio flew in a private jet (can I blame him? no) but what John doesn’t mention is the $15 million dollar donation. Is Dicpario being a “climate hypocrite”? Maybe you can make that argument, I wouldn’t.
Like I said, I like the EIA.


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