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 Pink and Beyoncé/Jay Z…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Pink
A few months back, I gave pop superstar Pink two very enthusiastic green thumbs up for organising an eco-friendly bicycle pub crawl for her handsome hubby’s thirty-ninth birthday. Since then, I’m happy to report that Pink’s love for her Schwinn has only deepened, and the So What singer is now rarely seen without a banana (seat) between her rock-solid legs!
In fact, just this past weekend the petite punk rocker was spotted cycling around Los Angeles with husband, Carey, and daughter, Willow, in tow. I’m proud of Pink for taking pains to ensure that the only carbon in her footprint is the CO2 from her own pretty little lungs that she huffs out when riding up the Hollywood Hills. While her self-involved pop star peers are leading lives of glitz and glamour (translation: complete wastefulness and extravagance; see below), it’s nice to see a gal like Pink putting the needs of Mother Earth ahead of her own. Congrats, Ms. Hart! Your chic cycling ways have earned you yet another designation as Global Cool’s Eco Saint of the week!
I ask you all to ‘Raise Your Glass’ to Ms. Pink and toast her carbon-conscious cycling! Salute!
Eco Sinners: Jay & Bey
Uggh! It frustrates me to no end when celebrities that I actually respect as artists display a less-than-praiseworthy side outside of the spotlight. Like, for instance, having complete and utter disregard for the environment. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have are one of the world’s most powerful couples, and their impact can be felt in each of the seven continents. (Including Antarctica – those penguins are downright OBSESSED with Sasha Fierce!) I’m not asking Bey & Jay to abandon the lush life completely, just that they try to tone it down a few degrees (eco-pun intended). You know, like maybe opting to take a walking tour of Iceland, rather than chop-chop-chopping through its beautiful Nordic sky in an air-polluting helicopter. Or let’s see, buying a home with a four car, rather than a SIXTEEN car garage! Mr. and Mrs. Carter, it pains me to do it, but I really must make you two this week’s Eco Sinners!
While I can’t fault the Crazy in Love kiddos for wanting to vacay in a place so rich in icy beauty, I’m not so ‘chill’ with the idea of the two putting additional strain on the nation’s already fragile environment. Iceland is one of the fastest-warming places on Earth. It’s predicted that, due to manmade global warming, the Arctic nation will lose nearly one third of its glacial mass by 2050. And remember, it’s called ICEland for a reason… I think it’s important that we treat Iceland with the care its environment deserves, and maybe we can start by NOT flying pop stars onto delicate ice caps just so they can take some cool winter-themed selfies for Instagram!
As for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s new L.A digs, well let’s just say their pad takes ostentation to a whole new level! The Carters 23,000 square foot Cliffside property boasts eight bedrooms, fifteen baths, and even a wall of candy! (Let’s hope they have a good dental plan!) I simply can’t comprehend why a home of this enormity is necessary to house two average-sized people and a toddler!
Yeah, they have a right to buy what they can afford. But, we have a right to keep asking whether the PLANET can afford it! Jay & Bey, all I’m asking is that you become more cognizant of the carbon footprints you produce. As parents, it’s your duty to leave a clean and green plan planet for your adorable Baby Blue!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
All images: PA Images.