Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on January 8, 2008
When Leonardo DiCaprio was in Cannes promoting his new documentary film The 11th Hour, at the press conference one of the reporters put him on the spot grilling him about his own environmental impact from flying around so much to promote his movies. DiCaprio answered the reporter smoothly by saying that he tries to fly commercial as much as he can. It is kind of odd how all these celebrities and personalities in the spotlight are doing the “green” thing simply by not flying in private jets.
Meanwhile the rest of us are pushed to feel guilty about our occasional flights on commercial airlines. Just goes to show how relative this whole being greener thing is. What or whom do we measure it by? We really can’t compare everyone. Just start where we are and try to do better and better. There are a lot of jobs, even ones promoting green lifestyles and global issues that require a lot of traveling.
There’s just not a lot of ways of getting around it. And the rich and famous frequently make use of private jets to get around. Obviously the allure of traveling by private jet is understandable. We all know how crappy it is to fly commercial. To go through all of the security, all of the waiting around, and baggage claim etc. Especially being a highly recognizable celebrity, taking public transportation is probably even more intruding with all the people and attention they must attract. If you had all that money and probably many opportunities that arriving in a private jet was paid for you, it’d probably be quite enticing as well. So, really, it’s quite admirable when celebrities shun those kinds of privileges and perks and sacrifice their own comfort and privacy to travel a far less damaging way. I guess it’s like turning down a half naked hot chick trying to seduce you in your hotel room. The next step is obviously to travel less and buying carbon offset credits.