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Planet protector Ian Somerhalder vs. reckless rich girl Paris Hilton

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Ian Somerhalder and Paris Hilton

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 Ian Somerhalder and Paris Hilton…

By Rebecca Sellitti

Eco Saint: Ian Somerhalder
In the four months that have passed since Ian Somerhalder was inducted into the Global Cool Hall of Eco Saints, the Vampire Diaries star has seemingly completed the transformation from environmentally conscious actor to full-time climate change activist. Ian’s commitment to protecting the planet grows with each passing week, and I don’t think we’re even close to seeing the lengths that Damon Salvatore will go to in order to keep Mother Earth from self-destructing.

Ian has penned a riveting article for The Huffington Post Green in which the dashing young actor discussed the impact of global warming on small islands around the world, as well as the immediate actions needed to prevent all those beautiful cays, keys, and islets from winding up underwater.

The UN Goodwill Ambassador discussed his plans to travel to Barbados for this year’s World Environment Day where the topic of ‘climate change vs. small islands’ will take center stage. Fortunately, the citizens of this tiny island are doing everything in their power to keep their nation afloat (pun definitely intended). The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundal Stuart, is embracing renewable energy, and hopes that by remaining cognizant of his country’s carbon footprint, he can keep HIS head, and the heads of all his citizens, above water. LITERALLY!

To raise awareness of the Small Island crisis, Ian Somerhalder has coined the memorable slogan: ‘raise your voice, not the sea level.’ Ol’ blue eyes went on to say:

“It’s hard in these times to avoid eco fatigue, but fellow Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Yaya Touré and I have joined forces to try to make taking action more fun. We are sending out an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States. Our “message in the bottle?” We are all connected. The challenges faced by islands will face us all. So, every action we take to reduce waste and mitigate climate change counts. Join one of our teams and pledge to make a difference by taking action for World Environment Day!”

Now do you see why I adore this swoon-worthy eco God?

There are only a few days left until World Environment Day (June 5) so pick a team, make a pledge, and give our planet a helping hand.  Do it for Ian….oh, and I SUPPOSE that Mother Earth gal too!

Eco Sinner: Paris Hilton
I’m curious. Did I just take a ride in the Way Back machine and travel to the year 2003? Is Hoobastank popular? Are guys wearing trashtastic trucker hats? I only ask because this week’s environmental offender is someone who hasn’t really been relevant since the turn of the millennium. I’ll give you a hint: She’s tall, blond, and her last name is synonymous with the world’s glitziest hotels and resorts. That’s right. Global Cool’s newest eco sinner is none other than the OG celebutante, Paris Hilton.

Apparently, Ms. Hilton needed a break from the demanding life of a part-time DJ, and decided to go on a cross continental party-hopping vacation. We’re talking a gala in France one day, shooting craps in Monaco the next, and two nights later, sipping milkshakes in Shanghai. As far as I’m aware, Paris is not on any kind of legitimate tour…I mean, I’m not even sure what she does? Oh, that’s right. The DJ thing (exaggerated eye roll).

What we’ve got here is a classic case of a socialite embracing her presumed birthright as a globe-trotting jet setter. I doubt that Paris gave so much as a single thought to the amount of fuel that was wasted flying her bony little butt from one soiree to the next on her gas-guzzling private jet.

I still don’t understand why the rich and famous feel they need to travel to the ends of the earth to enjoy a quality holiday? Almost everyone on the planet is only a short car or train ride away from a primo vacation destination. And if you must fly, you can do it without hopping around the planet like a grasshopper on speed. Must it always be Paris, Paris?

My advice for the former reality TV star is to try, just TRY, to take an eco friendly vacay. I think Ms. Hilton should take a cue from Global Cool and book herself a Traincation. Not only would Paris be giving Mother Earth a much-needed breather, she’d also be giving HERSELF a public image boost! It’s a win win!

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

Images: PA Images.

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