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 Don Cheadle and Justin Bieber…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Don Cheadle
One of Hollywood’s most devoted eco-warriors, Don Cheadle, recently turned the big 5-0, and I figured the best birthday gift that I could give the Oscar nominee is to remind folks of Don’s valiant efforts to keep our planet clean and green. So I’ve decided to make the very deserving environmentalist Global Cool’s newest Eco Saint!
There’s nothing the House of Lies actor won’t do to help spread the word about climate change. Heck, he’ll even go so far as to ‘don’ the flamboyantly form-fitting uniform of the world’s most famous sustainable superhero in order to draw attention to the issue of global warming. That’s right. A few years back, Mr. Cheadle magically transformed himself into Captain Planet for a series of hilarious Funny or Die shorts that were designed to spoof the seriously idiotic ‘90s cartoon, and at the same time educate people about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How many celebrities do you know who would paint themselves blue to get others to go ‘green’? (Excluding, of course, Mel Gibson in Braveheart).
Mr. Cheadle’s fierce determination to “take pollution down to zero” did not go unnoticed at the United Nations where the talented thespian was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N Environment Programme back in 2010.
Last April, Don showcased his journalistic chops when he took on the role of celebrity correspondent for Showtime’s Emmy award winning documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously. When asked why he became involved with the Years project, Mr. Cheadle said: “I started following the news and seeing what was happening around the world with the polar ice caps melting and temperatures breaking records. I became concerned as an animal on this planet but also as a father.”
Very few of Don’s tweets are as doom and gloom as this one, but it got your attention, didn’t it?
As for all you doubters who believe that Don, like too many other Hollywood A-listers, is a fair-weather environmentalist who drops the ‘green’ act as soon as the cameras stop rolling, I ask you to look at his vegan diet, solar-powered home and electric car and then reassess your position.
Mr. Cheadle, your commitment to our big blue marble is truly inspiring. I think I speak for all of your pollution-fighting ‘planeteers’ when I say, thank you!
Oh, and for the record, you sir, don’t look a day over 30! Happy Birthday, Donny Boy!
Eco Sinner: Justin Bieber
I searched high and low for any celebrity other than Bieber to name as this week’s eco-offender. Honestly, I did. But,try as I might, I couldn’t find a single celeb who’s demonstrated a more blatant disregard for planet Earth and all the creatures that roam its surface than this week’s Eco Sinner, the notorious Justin Bieber. And JB, you’ve outdone yourself this time.
Let’s begin with the Biebs’ unapologetic addiction to gas-sucking private planes. Footage recently surfaced of the Heartbreaker skateboarding onto his own luxury jet. Can you spell ‘brat’? There’s just something off-putting about the image of a spoiled little kid doing an ollie onto an aircraft worth millions of dollars. I mean, how extravagant does your lifestyle have to be before you start treating a Gulfstream jet like it’s a skating rink? Well, I suppose it could have been worse. The pop superstar could’ve attached a nitro exhaust to his skateboard to make his entrance! I hope I didn’t give Bieber any ideas, but seriously…Bieber?
Another issue I have with the Baby singer is the accusation of animal abandonment in the case of his American bulldog, Karma. Bieber left the pooch with his animal trainer pal back in February, but the trainer only intended to house the precocious puppy for a few weeks, not ten whole months. Luckily for Karma, the trainer is a kind-hearted chap who has been taking excellent care of the little pup and is generously paying for its upkeep. But Justin is no longer in the picture.
Bieber, in fact, has a history of buying pets and then ditching them as soon as he loses interest. Does anyone remember the Capuchin monkey of his that was seized by the German government in March of 2013 and that Justin made absolutely no attempt to retrieve? No? Don’t worry; apparently neither does the Biebs.
I guess those unfortunate pets only appeal to the attention-challenged singer when they’re cute, young, and cuddly, and when the newness wears off, they’re history. Are you perhaps trying to say something to your fan base, Biebs? You’re no spring chicken any more, yourself. So before you end up like your bulldog and your monkey, why don’t you just grow up – and do something for your planet!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
All images: PA Images.