Because living like a celebrity doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
We love to keep up to date with everything that’s going down in celebsville. So to keep you in the loop too, each week we’ll be picking a green A-lister who will become a venerated Eco Saint and an environmentally-discourteous super star to be branded with the title of Eco Sinner. This week, it’s judgement day for Bradley Cooper and Donald Trump…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Bradley Cooper
It’s probably safe to say that no human beings lead more extravagant and garish lives than Hollywood super stars. From mansions big enough to house a sub-Saharan village, to designer duds worn only once lest the ‘razzi think they’ve lost their mojo, the lifestyle of a star is tied up in being famous, and let’s face it, fame costs.
Most celebs pay whatever price it takes to maintain that notoriety. But happily, there are exceptions to every rule. Take, for instance, Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper. Rather than travel around Manhattan in a chauffeured Cadillac Escalade, good old Coops opted to get down (literally) with the people and ride the subterranean NYC Subway. For proving that he prioritizes sustainability over status, I’m naming Mr. Bradley Cooper as Global Cool’s newest Eco Saint!
The Silver Linings Playbook actor bundled up, grabbed his bottle of Purell, and hopped on the Subway like a real New Yorker. By making the decision to Do It In Public, the ‘American Hustler’ was doing a total solid for Mother Earth.
Bradley Cooper, thanks for choosing substance and sustainability over style! You continue to ride that Subway with pride…
Eco Sinner: Donald Trump
I must admit, I sometimes feel a wee bit guilty about shaming celebrities for living the lush life. Believe it or not, it’s actually a burden for me (sigh), especially when the eco-offense is rather minor and the celeb is acting out of general ignorance rather than malice aforethought. But with Donald Trump, it’s different. In calling out his latest eco-sin, I felt no regret, just a sick and twisted guilty pleasure. Yes, you pucker-mouthed redhead; you’ve done it again. You’re Global Cool’s Eco Sinner for the week!
The Donald, as he’s referred to by his many critics has shown his wanton disregard for the wellbeing of our planet more times than I can count. There’s the lobbying for anti-climate change legislation, the grandiose lifestyle he lives, and that whole lawsuit he’s got going against some sustainably-minded Scotsmen who dared to build a wind farm within eyeshot of one of Trump’s resorts. Now, we can add “Private Plane Pimp” to his list of environmental atrocities.
Seems that Donald Trump has partnered up with Glasgow Prestwick Airport in a deal that will allow Donny Boy to land his precious fleet of private, luxury, Boeing 757’s on the Prestwick tarmac. Trump recently gave a tour of his own personal plane to give folks a taste of the luxury they’ll experience when they fly in one of his jets.
When you step inside his airborne gas-guzzler you’ll find everything from a full-sized master bedroom to a bathroom featuring gold faucets and, get this, a toilet bowl that is concealed beneath a leather chair. (Way to keep things low key and classy, T-man!)
But, it’s not just Don’s ginormous luxury jet that the Scottish skies have to contend with, but the dozens of planes he’s providing to Trump customers so that they TOO can waste astronomical amounts of fuel and cause stratospheric damage to Mama Gaia.
I could go on and on about Trump’s environmental misdeeds, but let me take the ‘high road’ and end by saying that I hope Mr. Trump starts thinking beyond himself and rather to the future of his grandchildren, because they are the ones who are going to suffer the consequences of his actions. Food for thought, Donnie.
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
All images: PA Images.