Hollywood stars are helping, hindering green movement

May 2, 2013



Senior News Editor


Over the last few years, some celebrities have been on the forefront of making green decisions and advocating awareness for these issues.


Many celebrities like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore have contributed to the green movement by creating “green” communities and making documentaries to keep the public aware of environmental issues.


Maroon 5 has even been implementing “green” practices while on tour since 2008, according to CNBC.com.



Some of these practices include using biodiesel-powered tour buses, promoting recycling at their performance locations and donating portions of their ticket sales to environmental charities.


Some students, like Chase Browning, a senior professional aviation major, think it is a good thing that celebrities are supporting the green wave.


“They are just one more person to add to the movement to help the cause,” Browning said.



With the influx of celebrities contributing to the green movement, the Huffington Post recently published an article about how some celebrities could be potentially hindering the green movement.


Donald Trump has expressed many doubts about the existence of global warming via social media, according to the article.


One of Trump’s tweets regarding global warming read, “Global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”


Browning said he doesn’t listen to celebrities and he likes to do the research for himself but he said it might alter a lot of people’s opinions on the issue.



“I think Donald Trump has a lot of influence on people because he has a high authority,” he said. “People recognize him and they follow him.”


The article also mentioned other celebrities, like Madonna, who have a high carbon footprint and who have been known to invest millions of dollars into some of the largest corporate polluters like British Petroleum.


Flying a lot while on tour and for business is just part of Madonna’s job, Browning said. But, Browning also mentioned there are developments being made in the aviation industry to try to be more green.


“They are trying to help with carbon emissions so it won’t be as big of a cost to the environment,” he said.



Zachary Rogers, a freshman electrical engineering major, said he thinks that regardless of whether celebrities are being seen as helping or hindering the movement they will still be heard.


“In this society, people definitely look to celebrities and copy their actions,” Rogers said. “It’s a trend.”


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