I don’t believe in Carbon tax. I don’t believe that carbon is our biggest problem. Carbon is a naturally occurring gas we all breath out and is absorbed by plants. I’m happy to accept that there is more carbon in the atmosphere and I’m happy to accept that we are the cause of that increase.
I’m equally easy with the fact that our way of live is unsustainable and we need to adapt to a more eco sustainable lifestyle.
But when the likes of Al Gore go from $ 2 million to a $ 100 million dollars because he owns a company which sells carbon credits and live in very eco unfriendly houses I smell a rat.
The carbon emissions of Bono’s band’s world tour are equivalent to the waste created by 6,500 average British or Irish people in an entire year.
What if celebrity news carried its own version of a nutrition label? But instead of calories, or health risks, how about a label that gets at celebrities’ impact on the planet?
Imagine if each time a tabloid or movie or TV show fed our celebrity addiction by running the image of Angelina, Bono or Gisele Bundschen, they also were required to put the celeb’s eco-footprint in the corner of that image? If the tabs really wanted to knock themselves out, they could also run a kind of eco-ingredient list — the number of hours the celeb spends in the air, the square feet of housing she owns, number of children he has, and so on.
It’s an idea with real timeliness, if I do say so myself. A few weeks ago, uber-feminist Naomi Wolf praised Angelina Jolie’s independence, symbolized by her ability to fly her own plane, without even mentioning that if every woman did that, we’d need a million planets worth of resources to support the human population.