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 Liz Gillies and Katy Perry…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Liz Gillies
Making it onto my list of exalted celebrity saints and ignominious sinners is not as difficult as you might think. An individual needn’t donate millions of dollars to ocean conservation like Leonardo DiCaprio, or create one of the world’s most influential environmental organisations like Ian Somerhalder to gain sainthood. But, an absolute MUST for inclusion in my eco-holy book is a sincere commitment to the environment by the erstwhile saint, usually through demonstrating a real effort to limit his/her own carbon footprint. Something simple but honest done in the name of Mother Earth is worth far more than any PR-driven ploy for green publicity.
Take for instance, the Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll actress, Elizabeth Gillies, who has been a practicing vegan for YEARS. Her unassuming decision to bid farewell to the flesh and then stick with that sustainable decision for the long haul, is certainly reason enough for me to name the stunning starlet as this week’s Global Cool Eco Saint.
Ms. Gillies, also known as ‘Angelina Jolie Part Deux’ (seriously, I think she might be actually be a clone of the Mrs. Pitt!), judging by her Tweets and Instagram posts, is not only a passionate vegan diner but, also quite the accomplished veggie chef! I’m certain the mouth-watering, meatless dishes Liz has shared with her legions of fans have inspired at least a few ‘Gillians’ (or is it ‘Lizbians’?) to give the vegan lifestyle the ol’ college try! And whether her fans know it or not, by shutting the door on animal products, they are not only protecting our four-legged friends, but they’re also doing a huge solid for Gaia!
According to the fine folks over at chooseveg.com: “By going vegetarian, we can reduce the impact of climate change, rainforest destruction, and pollution, while saving water and other precious resources. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined. “
Now, for some unfathomable reason there’s still a common misconception that a vegan diet consists solely of kale, sunflower seeds and tree bark. Pish posh! I wouldn’t be surprised if half of the food Ms. Gillies ingests comes from, BabyCakes NYC, a bakery that creates delicious confections – all of which are free of dairy and full of flavor. (If they were also CALORIE-free, I’d probably never stop eating their ginger snap cookie sandwiches!)
Cheers, Liz! Thanks for making meatless living so appetising!
Eco Sinner: Katy Perry
You know, when most of us observe a birthday, the celebration is generally limited to a few friends throwing back some beers and partaking of some delicious cake. But most of us are not pop super stars like Katy Perry. Apparently, when you reach the lofty Perry-sphere of fame, cake and lager no longer suffice. Okay, I get that the big 3-0 is a milestone birthday. However, I’m not at all cool with a party that involves continent-hopping on a pimped-out private plane. Sorry, Ms. Perry. You must suffer the indignity of being named this week’s Eco Sinner.
Katy Perry’s thirtieth actually started off pretty typically. The Fireworks singer woke up, brushed her teeth, drank some java and got dressed, but then things took a turn for the eco-horrific as the ex-Mrs. Brand boarded a Paris-bound private plane along with 70 of her closest friends, assistants and makeup artists, and set off. Yes, it was very generous of the raven-haired beauty to whisk her pals away on a Parisian holiday, but that impromptu flight from Morocco to France generated an obscene amount of greenhouse gas emissions. I believe Mother Earth would’ve much preferred that Katy stay put in Marrakesh and bring in her b-day with some top-drawer hookah.
The strangest part of this whole story is that Katy had originally intended to celebrate her thirtieth in Egypt, but because the press got wind of her plans, she decided to go the low key route and just fly those dozens of people from Africa to Europe. In what universe is that considered a “low key” affair?
C’mon, Katy. You’ve been eco-redeemed before, and I’m certain you can do it again. Just dial it down on the spur-of-the-moment flights around the world, kay? Happy Belated Birthday, you Krazy Kat!
That’s enough of Katy Perry now, back to Liz. In case you are unfamiliar with the force that is Ms. Gillies’, here’s the 21 yr old performing an acoustic version of Wrecking Ball…
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
Katy Perry image: PA Images. Liz Gillies image: Facebook.