When I haul myself home to my modest condo, on a crowded subway train jammed with humanity, there’s nothing I like better than to read how the likes of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have been huddling all week to save the world from climate change.
Apparently, we’ve run out of scientists, climatologists, meteorologists and other highly educated and qualified experts to give us reasoned and sensible advice on how to save humanity.
Now we have to rely on a gaggle of elite celebrity eco warriors to give us the goods.
In their haste to get to the conference, they reportedly jammed themselves into 114 private planes to get to the exclusive Italian resort for a quick round of deep thinking on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
I’m not sure if that’s irony or hypocrisy.
Hint: First you ditch the private plane and ride a bike. Then you downsize from a mansion to a bungalow.
Bloom, Harry Styles and Diane von Furstenberg eschewed the private plane — arriving on a $200 million private yacht. Sure, it has sails. But I’m betting they fired up the two 2,300 horsepower diesel engines to chug into port.
Dubbed Camp Google, celebrities were invited to a luxury resort on the island of Sicily. Italian press reports say the celebs paid their own way there, and Google picked up the costs at the swanky Verdura resort.
It’s so much easier to be an environmentalist when you have a spa and golf course to relax in after a busy day thinking deep thoughts about global warming.
The bunfight included a speech — reportedly barefoot — from Prince Harry. And, hey, I have a lot of respect for the guy. He served in Afghanistan with the British Armed forces and went on to create the Invictus Games — a charity aimed at helping wounded warriors compete in sports. It’s magnificent.
But does that make him an expert on the environment?
Look, I don’t expect him to bike to Sicily and Buckingham Palace won’t confirm or deny that he flew private. But surely there are commercial flights. Fair enough, Harry is trying to walk the walk in his personal habits.
He and his new wife, the Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle, recently renovated the spacious Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor Castle, at a cost of about $3 million from the public purse. Kudos to them for using vegan paint in their refurb. Apparently, it has no animal byproducts and it’s cruelty free — and so much safer should baby Archie choose to lick the walls. But seriously, do they hang their undies on the washing line to dry — as the rest of the world does to save on electricity? I’m going with no.
Leonardo DiCaprio was another mover and shaker at the gabfest. He at least puts his money where his mouth is and has his own foundation dedicated to the “protection and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants.”
Perhaps he should take on the gig full-time. I have no idea why people rave about his acting skills. I find him underwhelming on the big screen. If the guy who put us through almost three hours of frosty boredom in Revenant just so he could win an Oscar wants to save us from ourselves, I say go for it. That yeti impression in the snow, Leo? It’s your carbon footprint.
Look, the Hollywood A-listers and international glitterati paid for the junket themselves. It’s their time and money — so who really cares?
You can’t help making a comparisons, though. We mere mortals struggle to do our best to save the planet. We cut back on air conditioning. We turn off the lights. We drive less and take transit more. Every little bit helps. Many people doing multiple small things can make a big difference.
When Beautiful People take private planes to an exclusive resort to ponder these issues in secret, you can’t help thinking it’s more about the party than the planet.