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 Kesha Rose and Donald Trump…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Kesha
I’m not one to stereotype, but of all the many types of celebrity you’ll read about in TMZ or right here in Global Cool Entertainment, the ‘pop star’ tends to be the most egregious eco offender. Extravagance reigns supreme in the world of these chart-topping performers. Private jets, mega-mansions, and sports utility vehicles are staples for folks like Justin Bieber and Rihanna. But, there is at least one pop superstar who’s defying the norm by choosing to live a life of modesty instead of opulence. Boundary-pushing singer-songwriter Kesha’s laid-back, earth-friendly lifestyle has earned the TiK ToK performer the title of Global Cool’s newest Eco Saint!
Let’s start with the fact Kesha pooh-poohed the idea of a massive Beverly Hills estate and recently moved into in a humble little domicile in Venice Beach, California. Okay, 1400 square feet isn’t exactly a hut, but compared to the gargantuan mansions of her hit-making peers, Kesha’s abode is downright miniscule! Her So-Cal home boasts a respectable three bedrooms and two baths (which makes it just a wee bit larger than Kanye and Kim’s tour bus.)
Even when the quirky songstress is on-the-go, Kesha still manages to keep it ‘green’. Rather than being chauffeured around town in a large, gas-thirsty SUV, Kesha’s preferred mode of transportation is riding her super-fly bicycle, usually barefoot. (Mind the spokes now, Kesh.) The beard-loving beauty is killing two birds with one stone (if the animal rights activist will allow me that metaphor) by cycling, since she’s not only limiting her greenhouse gas emissions, but also keeping her body nice and fit!
Kudos to Kesha Rose for not letting stardom get in the way of her Mother Earth-loving, hippie-chic lifestyle. She’s one groovy gal!
Eco Sinner: Donald Trump
A celebrity climate change denier is rarer than an August snowstorm in Miami (although, thanks to global warming, that picturesque summer scene is probably just around the corner.) Anyway, my point is that even the A-listers who fly on private planes and vacation on luxury yachts generally don’t question the existence of climate change; they merely choose to ignore their own contribution to it. But, there is at least one fellow who goes on record as refusing to accept that the Earth’s schizophrenic weather patterns are related to greenhouse gas emissions. And (surprise!) he’s also famous for being one the most narcissistic and arrogant men in a land where unbridled self-interest is a way of life. Meet Global Cool’s newest Eco Sinner, Donald Trump.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, deniers like Trump continue to preach that global warming is nothing more than a massive hoax.
Climate change skeptics cite cold winters and mild summers as ‘proof’ that the globe is clearly not warming. So, when a large snowstorm recently hit South Dakota, Trump took to Twitter and said: “Record snowfalls in September. Where’s global warming. What excuses will the misinformed push now?”
Don and the Deniers mistakingly believe that global warming simply means higher temperatures, like in that episode of The Twilight Zone where the earth was hurtling toward the sun and every day the planet got hotter and hotter until it literally began to melt. Climate change is so much more complex than that, Don. The increase in formerly rare phenomena such as F5 tornadoes, severe droughts, and unseasonably-heavy snow storms occurring in the Pacific Northwest are, beyond any reasonable doubt, linked directly to Earth’s shifting climate!
For the record, I don’t buy for one second that Donald doubts the legitimacy of climate change. The truth is, Trump is neither misinformed, nor is the carrot-colored magnate lacking in brainpower underneath his signature comb-over. Don’s a shrewd businessman who won’t let anything interfere with his profit margin, and if people become more cognizant of their carbon footprints and start simplifying their lives, just what do you think will happen to the entire Trump brand, the label that emphasizes lavish excess as a basic human right?
At the end of the day, Trump doesn’t care if our ice caps shrink, as long as his profits expand.
Here comes the science bit…
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