Hollywood actress Emma Thompson — self-described “climate change activist” — recently showed how badly she wants to save the world from an untimely demise. It means so much to her, she flew 5,400 miles. In a pollution-prolific airplane. To give a speech on the malady of pollution.
A topic of her presentation? The government’s “hypocrisy” over our impending man-made destruction.
Here’s the cherry: The very protest she attended announced plans to prevent flights out of Heathrow Airport – on the day she landed.
Rallying youth denounced winged menaces:
“Air travel is so damaging to the environment!”
Emma herself decried the “H” word to Sky News:
“I really do care about my children and my grandchildren enough to want to be here today to stand next to the next generation, who are so inspiring, who so understand the problem. It’s all though we’ve just been going around — well, not me actually, we’ve been banging about it for years, and so have many, many people — but I really do feel like, I can’t even describe the level of hypocrisy of our government.”
As reported by The Independent, she also served up a threat:
“We will occupy until you take action because that’s the only way we are going to save our planet. We have to be here, we have to do this. It’s inconvenient for people sometimes but its much more inconvenient to leave a planet that’s so completely destroyed.”
The Junior star was psyched about getting arrested, but she came to the protest a day late in favor of first celebrating her 60th:
“I absolutely wanted to be arrested on my 60th birthday but I didn’t quite manage that. I’m so proud and thrilled to be part of Extinction Rebellion.”
She’s not the only celebrity proud to rage against the woeful weather machine — Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo DiCaprio (who I very much like) is also a big fan of the Good Fight. But in 2017, Investor’s Business Daily rated the effort, well, just see for yourself:
It can be estimated that DiCaprio has potentially emitted up to 418.4 tons of CO2 this year because of his globe-trotting. The average American emits 19 tons a year,” a report from the Daily Mail stated last year, IBD noted. The star also “celebrated New Year’s Eve on a yacht in the Sydney Harbor, then flew with his pals to Las Vegas to ring in the New Year a second time.”
And how about the guy who invented the internet?
Mr. (Al) Gore is a jet-setter, too, and owns a Tennessee mansion that uses “more than 21.3 times that of the U.S. household average” of electricity in a month, The Daily Signal reported in 2017. In a single month, “Gore’s home consumed more electricity than the average family uses in 34 months,” the outlet added.
Putting aside the debate over climate change, I have a suggestion for political paragons of planetary salvation, particularly Tinseltown titans:
Stop. Just stop.
Your solution is simple: Just stop.
When you star in a movie, you enable a colossal undertaking for the sake of profit and career perpetuation. This big-business endeavor requires great transportation involving very large trucks, tons of used energy, and a whole lot of air travel. As part of your promotion of the movie — not to mention your enjoyment of the wealth accrued — you indulge in the luxury of private jets. Then, as a minted celebrity activist, you burn even more fuel traveling to climate change events.
Most people rarely fly. Most people use little energy. Most people don’t find themselves at the helm of an undertaking requiring 18-wheelers.
Just stop. Literally. From now on, refuse to make a movie. Refuse to go anywhere or do anything, unless you can get there via unicycle. Don’t star in anything. Don’t require fuel to enable your project.
Just stop. Never do anything again. You have plenty of money. In fact, for those of you who also support the redistribution of wealth, take your riches, figure up a lifetime of making the average household income of around $50K, and give the rest of your wealth to the government. Uncles Sam’ll be happy to spread it around.
Better yet, give away all your money, and unicycle to your normal-person job every day.
Just stop. And you’ll be closer to the average person’s climate change-causing lifestyle.
But ya wanna be above average? Go live nekkid in the woods.
Never do another thing again. You won’t be famous, you won’t be jet-setting. But you’ll be making an actual difference, according to what you claim to believe. And all the regular people of the world will be able to believe you, because you put your money and your lifestyle where your mouth was.
You won’t get much attention. You won’t get any applause. But you’ll have made a difference.
Ready? No lights, no camera…INACTION!
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— Lambeth Green Party (@Lambethgp) April 18, 2019
"I can't describe the level of hypocrisy from our government."
Actress Emma Thompson says she's standing with the "next generation who want to fix the problem". #ExtinctionRebellion protests are taking place in London demanding action on climate change: https://t.co/ymQcqoxyh8 pic.twitter.com/GrcKdz1RQp
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 19, 2019
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