Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Term Alert: Secular Hypocrites

Climate change concert star Madonna accused of hypocrisy | the Daily Mail

Built on the model Bob Geldof used for the anti-poverty Live 8 concerts in 2005, Live Earth will also be held simultaneously in Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo. More than 100 rock and pop stars will perform during the 24-hour live concert. But green campaigners called the stars' involvement hypocritical last night saying their lifestyles which demand they jet themselves and their huge entourages on world tours give them enormously large carbon footprints. Last year, for example, they report how Madonna flew as many as 100 technicians, dancers, backing singers, managers and family members on a 56-date world tour in private jets and commercial airliners. Madonna herself also has a collection of fuel-guzzling cars, including a Mercedes Maybach, two Range Rovers, Audi A8s and a Mini Cooper S. Yet she will headline the London concert to "combat the climate crisis". "Madonna's Confessions tour produced 440 tonnes of CO2 in four months of last year. And that was just the flights between the countries, not taking into account the truckloads of equipment needed, the power to stage such a show and the transport of all the thousands of fans getting to the gigs. "The Red Hot Chili Peppers produced 220 tonnes of CO2 with their private jet alone over six months on their last world tour which was 42 dates. "The average a British person produces is 10 tonnes a year," said John Buckley, managing director-of He added: "It's great for the celebrities to come out and support the cause, but they then have to follow it up in their own lifestyles. "We should now keep a close eye on whether Madonna and the others makes any changes to their own lifestyle. "Perhaps her next world tour will be performed in one venue, but broadcast to billions over the internet."

Don't hold your breath.

The end credits of "An Inconvenient Truth" have suggestions on how to lead green lifestyle. The suggestions included "use fluorescent light bulbs" which our family does. Also, "take public transportation", which I do daily. How ironic that a religious Christian like me would live a more consistent environmental lifestyle than Al Gore or many of his wealthy co-religionists.

I think my carbon footprint holds up pretty well actually. Is that boasting in my own piety?

Is Global Warming a secular religion?


At least no one will accuse Al Gore or Madonna of being (secular) religious fanatics.

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