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 Katy Perry and John Mayer…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Katy Perry
Most people wait until January 1 to put their New Year’s Resolutions into action, but pop superstar Katy Perry didn’t even wait for the ball to drop before adopting her new sustainable lifestyle. The raven-haired beauty – who only a few months back was in my cross-hairs for using a private jet to fly her posse half-way around the globe to celebrate her birthday – traveled to her fantabulous New Year’s Eve party via none other than the good ol’ NYC Subway. Dumping private planes for public transport is more than enough reason to name Katy Perry this week’s, and 2015’s first, Global Eco Saint!
Katy Kat could’ve opted to make her grand entrance in a pimped out stretch limousine with Veuve Clicquot and Ciroc flowing like water inside, but instead the Dark Horse singer humbly rode the A train to her swanky soiree at The Standard Hotel.
On the NYC Subway, it’s not unheard of to have an Oscar-winning actor to your left, a prima ballerina to your right, and a chart-topping pop singer sitting straight across from you! With the right combination you might just have yourself a little bit of Broadway right there on the rails. Only in New York, ladies and gentlemen!
Thank you, Ms. Perry, for Doing It In Public and allowing me the privilege of announcing your eco-redemption!!
Eco Sinner: John Mayer
While Katy Perry kicked off the New Year in sustainable style, sadly, the same can’t be said for her (and seemingly half the starry-eyed ingénues in Hollywood’s) ex-boyfriend, singer/songwriter, John Mayer. It seems that Los Angeles’ most notorious lothario plopped down several hundred thousand dollars on a 26-foot long, 17,000 pound automobile that looks like nothing less than the unholy offspring of a monster truck and a recreational vehicle. So, for placing his lavish lifestyle ahead of the life and well-being of Mother Earth, I’ve chosen John Mayer to be Global Cool’s first Eco Sinner of 2015!
I’m not exactly sure what unmet need or identity crisis induced John to purchase a custom-made Ford F-550-based EarthRoamer, which the company praises as “ …the difference between a trailer home and a custom home. Think Hummer + Land Rover + Jeep + high-tech house all rolled into one state-of-the-art package.” Okay, I see the words Hummer and Land Rover, and automatically know no good can come of this.
The folks at EarthRoamer boast that despite it’s massive size, the vehicle still gets nearly 12 miles per gallon on the highway because it is powered by a turbo diesel engine. Nice try. But, while the diesel engine might have ‘improved’ the EarthRoamer’s gas mileage, the relevant question is ‘as compared to what?’ A Sherman tank? To put it into perspective, Range Rovers get nearly 23 miles per gallon, and when your car gets only half the gas mileage of that infamous environmental scourge, maybe you should, you know, just hush up.
Mayer has been called many things in his career, but ‘dumb’ is not one of them.
So, I know Johnny Boy isn’t oblivious to the damage his colossal car is gonna do to the great outdoors. Mr. Mayer is pushing 40, so my best guess is that his EarthRoamer is some sort of Mid-Life-Crisis Mobile. If that’s the case John, you’re wasting your money. You are still young, and talented, and there’s apparently no end to the number of under-30 types who would just love to have you pen hit songs about their bodies, or their Daddies. So, back away from the ledge, hand over the keys to the EarthRoamer, and sit your butt in a super-stylish, energy-efficient Prius. It’s where you belong, John!
Here comes the science bit…
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