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 Stereo Kicks and Sandra Bullock…
By Rebecca Sellitti
Eco Saint: Stereo Kicks
Boy bands have been around since time immemorial. New Kids on the Block, N*SYNC, 5SOS…though the names may change, the concept of a group of swoon-worthy young chaps with perfectly-coiffed hair has proven to be a winning formula. One of the freshest of these bands on the music scene, Stereo Kicks, has actually managed to make a solid impression on this old fuddy-duddy. No, not because each of these eight X Factor finalists sports prettier bangs than my own, but rather ‘cause the heirs to the One Direction throne are massive fans of public transport! Just look around and you’re likely to catch one of the Stereo Kicks kids chillin’ on the London Underground. So, for recognizing the environmental benefits of riding the rails, I’m naming Stereo Kicks as Global Cool’s newest Eco Saints!
I’d say the group member who’s most vocal about his train travels would have to be Reece Bibby, who frequently tweets about his journeys on public transport: “On a very busy train to London! Can’t wait for the weekend!! People keep whispering my name.” A few days later, the eco-conscious boy bander posted: “On a very busy train ride to LONDON! Can’t wait to see the lads again, missed them all loads.”
But, Bibby isn’t the only Stereo Kicker who likes to Do It In Public. Fellow band member, Jake Sims, recently posted: “My train is pulling into the station now guys so I’m off here for a bit! Thanks for the fun questions! Off to meet the boys!” Intentionally or not, these cuties are making train travel seem cool to their legions of young fans.
Using public transit conserves energy and reduces air pollution, so I really hope the kids of Stereo Kicks don’t ditch the tube for an SUV the minute their first album goes platinum. Reece, Jake, Barclay, Charlie, Casey, Graham, Chris, Tom (in general order of cuteness…or so I’ve been told by my tween correspondent), I’m asking that even as your fame grows to Bieber levels, you try your hardest to keep your carbon footprints the same small size they are right now!!
Eco Sinner: Sandra Bullock
Not every A-lister on my weekly list of planet polluters is a bad or selfish person. In fact, most of the celebrities who land here are actually kind, philanthropic folks who’ve simply made some lifestyle choices that perhaps aren’t in the best interest of Mother Earth. Such is the case with Sandra Bullock, who was recently spotted driving around Los Angeles in one of those petrol-pounding Range Rovers. Now, I adore the Gravity actress like nobody’s business, but for her cruising on Sepulveda Boulevard in a vehicle that belongs on the Serengeti, I gotta name Ms. Bullock Global Cool’s newest Eco Sinner.
Sandy is a well-informed woman, so I have little doubt that the Academy Award-winning actress is fully aware of the impact she’s having on the environment when she gets into her big, black, and shiny SUV for a day about town. Does it have to be a Range Rover, Ms. Bullock? Even among the hundreds of sports utility vehicles available today, Range Rovers still manage to stick out as one of the three least fuel efficient SUVs on the market! And let’s not forget the excessive carbon emissions, and the risks of permanent injury that come with operating a tank-sized automobile that can flip over on a dime! Yet, somehow Range Rovers and Escalades remain the car of choice for ‘safety-conscious moms’. (probably the same ones who are denying their kids childhood vaccinations on the advice of a former MTV celebrity.)
Sandra, you don’t need a status symbol car to prove your worth. You’re tremendously talented, successful, gorgeous, and a terrific mother to a beautiful young boy. And I promise, as soon as you trade in your Range Rover for a sleek, new Tesla I’ll retract my claws and return your title as ‘America’s Reigning Sweetheart’…along with the crown and sash!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…
All images: PA Images.