contaminants! celebrities asked to ‘get off’ private jets

Paris.- Pressure on celebrities has grown due to the excessive use of private jets that cause polluting emissions, which makes them responsible for a significant carbon footprint and they have been invited to limit this type of travel.

After posting a photo of her plane and her partner on Instagram in mid-July, star and businesswoman Kylie Jenner was branded a “climate criminal” by netizens.

“Polluter and criminal,” another tweeted about director Steven Spielberg accused of taking a 28-minute flight.

Humorous memes, photos and videos also circulated mocking Taylor Swift after the publication of an analysis by the Yard marketing agency, which classified her as “the most polluting celebrity of the year”, with 170 flights since the beginning of the year.

Yard relied on data from the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which tracks celebrity flights through public online data.

Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old student, launched this account. He started in June 2020 by following Elon Musk’s private jet and now has 30 accounts tracking sports stars, Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg, and even Russian oligarchs.

The airline sector is responsible for between 2 and 3 percent of global CO2 emissions but, according to a report by Transport & Environment, published in May, private flights cause a carbon footprint per passenger between 5 and 14 times higher than private flights. commercial flights and 50 times higher than the train.

Some stars reacted to the pressure on social networks. Last week, a spokesperson for Taylor Swift told the press that she “regularly lends her jet to other people.”

“Attributing most or all of these flights to him is totally wrong,” he said.

Rapper Drake, singled out for a 14-minute flight between Toronto and Hamilton, responded on Instagram that the plane had been moved to park elsewhere, “no one was on board,” he claimed.

“Even worse if it flew empty,” says Beatrice Jarrige, project manager for the Shift Project association.

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