There's little I find more annoying than a bunch of rich people lecturing the peons about how something we're doing is "bad" but then they turn around and do the exact same thing times ten because it's different when they do it.
I'm talking about environmental hypocrisy.
I like the environment as much as anyone else. I take my reusable bags to the store. I re-use just about everything until it can't be used any more (a practice I began when I was flat broke and couldn't afford to add a box of ziplock bags to my grocery cart for school lunches every week.) We try to reduce the amount of trash we create. My family makes all sorts of choices that are good for the environment because we want to be good stewards of the earth.
But it's pretty annoying to see a bunch of rich people take 114 private jets to an Italian island so they can talk about how crappy the rest of us are to the planet.
And then to hear them say that their private jet flight is "carbon neutral" because they made a financial donation is positively idiotic.
Apparently only people who can afford to make a donation are allowed to be environmentally frivolous and I can pay by credit card or debit to make my sins against the earth disappear.
Here are two ridiculous examples of the financial "elite" wishing to tell the rest of us what to do while they do the diametric opposite but it's okay because they paid extra.
Environmental activists arrived at "Google Camp" in private jets
Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page throw a shindig every summer so that rich people can come and decide how to save the world from the rest of us. Nicknamed "Google Camp," it's a star-studded, rich-person get-together.
This year, the "activists" arrived in Sicily via private jets, mega-yachts, and helicopters.
Scores of A-list celebrities arrived in Sicily, Italy this week for the annual "Google Camp" to discuss the threat of climate change while communing with some of the wealthiest tech entrepreneurs in the world to a posh, seaside resort.
The event is hosted by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who reportedly intend for the camp to be a "meeting of the minds" between technology giants, powerful business owners, and others who are known to be global thought leaders…
…More than 114 private jets were reported to have been expected at nearby Palermo airport, where camp guests would be transported to the resort by van. Mega yachts docked at a nearby beach were reported to belong to designer Diane Von Furstenberg, German pharmaceutical giant Udo J. Vetter, Google's Eric Schmidt, New Zealand tycoon Graeme Hart, and American billionaire David Geffen…
…Some estimates suggest that up to 100,000 kilograms of CO2 could be expelled into the air during the journeys of that many private jets. Mega yachts, like Graeme Hart's $275 million "Ulysses," can use up to 2,000 liters of fuel per hour when in motion. (source)
Thankfully, after attending Google Camp, "thought leaders" like movie stars, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and pop singers should be able to explain to the rest of us how to live carbon neutral lives.