As much as we love the incredible work that some of the world’s most famous celebrities do for the climate emergency, we were slightly disappointed to hear that more than 100 private jets and luxury yachts have been travelling to Sicily over the last few days for Google Camp, an annual gathering to discuss and raise awareness of climate change.
“The Gulfstreams, mega-yachts and gas-guzzling Maserati SUVs used to ferry the wokerati around the seaside Google Camp have been spewing out greenhouse gases at the rate of small nations,” the New York Post announced. “Former President Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, singer Katy Perry and Prince Harry are said to be among 300 guests to the event dubbed ‘Davos by the Sea.’”
According to reports, the prince travelled by private jet which would have caused around three tonnes of carbon to be released into the atmosphere – ten times more than that of a commercial airliner. In order to offset the emissions, 190 trees would have to be planted, said environmental group Trees for the Future.
Other attendees exclusively invited by Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page include Mark Zuckerburg, Tom Cruise, Bradley Cooper and Orlando Bloom, who reportedly got a lift with David Geffen on his $400 million dollar yacht… so at least there was a spot of car sharing going on.
“Google Camp is meant to be a place where influential people get together to discuss how to make the world better,” an attendee at the event told the Post. “There will likely be discussions about online privacy, politics, human rights, and of course, the environment, which makes it highly ironic that this event requires 114 private jets to happen.”
We are, of course, by no means judging any of the A listers who have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend but we’re hoping that they have at least signed up to one of the carbon offset schemes that we reported on in our article about flying ethically.
Meanwhile, at least Greta Thunberg practices what she preaches – the much revered environmental campaigner will be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York via a 60ft racing boat, Malizia II.