Climate advocates called on Swift, Oprah, Spielberg for private jet use

UK-based marketing firm Yard published a report on Friday calling celebrities the “biggest culprits” of private jet emissions. Some of the stars on the top 10 list were known for being vocal in support of environmental causes—Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Swift jumped to the top of Yard’s list, and a rep for the singer-songwriter has already responded to the report. talking to Rolling stone“Taylor’s jets are regularly loaned out to other individuals. It is clearly wrong to attribute most or all of these trips to her,” the representative said.

For its report, the yard analyzed research from the Twitter account Celebrity Jets, which uses information from the ADS-B exchange on flight data. The firm said Swift’s jets were used in the air for a total of 22,923 minutes, or 15.9 days, on 170 flights since January. Swift’s total flight emissions for the year were placed by the yard at 8,293.54 tons, which was “1,184.8 times the average person’s total annual emissions.”

Swift’s lyrics often reference nature, and she has been a public advocate for many environmental causes, including global clean water access and protecting endangered wildlife. He called climate change one of the “terrible conditions” plaguing the world in a 2020 interview. Diversity,

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg are involved in climate action that has been named by a marketing firm as celebrity polluters due to emissions from their private jets. Above, “The Hundred-Foot Journey with Winfrey Spielberg” at the New York premiere on August 4, 2014 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage

While Swift has been the target of much of the public backlash regarding the list, Winfrey and Spielberg, also publicly aligned with the fight to slow climate change, were still named by the yard as the top jet emissions polluter. .

Winfrey has frequently shown her support for the environment by promoting climate change activists on her shows, as well as writing about nature and battling pollution on OprahDaily.com. One such example came in 2019, when he posted about the impact of Al Gore’s global warming documentary, an Inconvenient Truthit was on.

“The future of life as we know it is everything we are doing – and not doing. Now,” Winfrey wrote in the post that called for protecting the environment.

Winfrey placed ninth on the yardstick list. Its private jet emitted an estimated 3,493.17 tons of carbon dioxide this year through a total of 68 flights, or “499 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions,” the report said. Yard also wrote that the shortest flights taken by the talk show host/entrepreneur involved a 14-minute flight from Van Nuys, Calif., to Santa Barbara, about 74 miles away.

There was even more Spielberg on the list than Winfrey, who finished sixth. According to the yard, Spielberg’s jet made 61 flights this year and emitted an estimated 4,465 tons of CO2, which the marketing firm said would be 637.9 times the average person’s annual emissions.

The second longest average flight time on the Oscar-winning director’s list was 107.31 minutes. (Actor Mark Wahlberg was the longest on this list, with an average flight time of 117.45 minutes.) The shortest flight his jet made was from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, traveling 18 minutes.

“I fear global warming,” Spielberg said during a 2018 promotional interview. “Global warming is a scientific reality. This is not a political ploy. It is a true piece of real, measurable, quantitative science.”

He isn’t the only figure on Yard’s list who has also made public statements in support of the environment or is associated with eco-friendly organizations. Reality star Kim Kardashian, who ranks seventh on the list, has talked about making her businesses more eco-friendly in the past. Jay-Z, number 3, and wife Beyoncé have inspired their fans to adopt a plant-based diet with their Greenprint project.

“The information is hard to ignore. The benefits of one plant-based diet a day can have such a profound impact on our health and the environment, from cutting carbon emissions to conserving water,” the couple announced in 2019. Told. initiative. “We want to challenge you as we challenge ourselves to move toward a more plant-based lifestyle.”

According to the yard, Jay-Z’s private jet has emitted 6,981.3 tons of carbon dioxide this year, or 997.3 times the average person’s annual emissions.

newsweek Swift, Winfrey, Spielberg, Jay-Z and Kardashian reached out for comment.

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