Some of Britain’s biggest showbusiness names today admit they ARE ‘hypocrites’ over the environment as they support Extinction Rebellion’s London shutdown.
Stars such as Jude Law, Riz Ahmed, Poppy Delevingne, Natalie Imbruglia, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole and Adam Clayton of U2 are among the new stars who admit hypocrisy by preaching about the environment while ‘leading high-carbon lives’.
In a letter the jet-setting, globe trotters admit that they are part of industries with a large carbon footprint and say they are ‘stuck in a fossil fuel economy’.
Lily Cole and Jude Law are two of 100 celebs who have put their names to a letter addressed to journalists where they admit that they are hypocrites for gas guzzling while supporting XR
Daisy Lowe, seen at last week’s Extinction Rebellion protest in Trafalgar Square, is another star to support the letter that admits to double standards when it comes to climate change
The Crown’s Oscar winner Olivia Colman (centre) poses with Stephen Fry (far left), Alan Carr (far right), comic Asim Chaudry, and US actress Crystal Clarke wearing XR badges last week
XR who have shut down Westminster, London City Airport and other locations in central London, rallies against air travel, motor cars modern day food production and transport methods.
The stars, who have come out in support of the eco-warriors, are some of the most consistent users of aircraft and limousines.
They join leading names such as Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Mark Rylance and Juliet Stevenson and Olivia Colman who had already backed XR.
Colman’s backing of the XR activists brought her involvement with British Airways under focus as she is part of their in-flight safety film.
In their extraordinary letter signed by 100 celebs, including All Saints singer Melanie Blatt, Mel B and Grayson Perry, they say: ‘Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites. You’re right.
Chaudry and Fry were at the Royal Albert Hall for an event where they wore the ER badges
‘We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints.
‘Like you – and everyone else – we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm.
‘There is, however, a more urgent story that our profiles and platforms can draw attention to.
‘Life on earth is dying. We are living in the midst of the 6th mass extinction.
‘For those who still doubt the severity of our situation, here is the International Monetary Fund on 10th October 2019 :
‘Global warming causes major damage to the global economy and the natural world and engenders risks of catastrophic and irreversible outcomes.’
‘And here is Sir David Attenborough on 3rd December 2018 :
‘Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale.
‘Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.’
The open letter goes on: ‘Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted. Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees.
‘Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fuelled economy, there are millions of children – called to action by Greta Thunberg – who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future.
‘We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line.
Although Colman and Carr (above) are supporters of Extinction Rebellion, they haven’t signed the letter where stars say they must go on fighting the cause despite their carbon footprint
Juliet Stevenson (left) and Ruby Wax (right) are two A-listers who were pictured at the XR protests in central London that caused chaos to commuter to highlight climate change
US comedian Ruby Wax (left) and British actor Juliet Stevenson (right) sit with activists gathered on Westminster Bridge during the controversial demonstration
‘The stories that you write calling us climate hypocrites will not silence us.
‘The media exists to tell the public the truth.
‘Right now there has never been a more urgent need for you to educate yourselves on the CEE (Climate and Ecological Emergency) and to use your voices to reach new audiences with the truth.
‘We invite all people with platforms and profiles to join us and move beyond fear, to use your voices fearlessly to amplify the real story.
‘Thousands of ordinary people are risking their freedom by taking part in non-violent civil disobedience.
‘We’ve been inspired by their courage to speak out and join them. We beg you to do the same.
Comic Steve Coogan told MailOnline: ‘Extinction Rebellion is a grass roots movement that should be applauded for putting this issue at the top of the agenda where it belongs.
‘I stand in full support of these brave, determined activists who are making a statement on behalf of us all.’
Actor Jamie Winstone added: ‘I will continue to change my life for the greater good for the planet.
‘I will continue to push for climate justice…we all need to change the way we live our lives for a healthier living planet and stop living in denial that climate crisis isn’t real.
‘It’s happening. We all need to make changes if we want to survive and our children to thrive.’
Philanthropist Aileen Getty said: ‘When one considers that we are facing extinction, XR’s actions do not seem to be radical at all.
‘In fact, to protect ourselves and those we love with all our might is simply common sense.’
Musician Jarvis Cocker blasted the media for attacking celebrities who endorsed XR.
He said: ‘This is a clear-handed and honest letter. Journalists could learn a lot from it and start covering the story of the thousands who are taking part in the protest rather than slagging off those in the public eye who happen to support them.’
One XR activist said: ‘It’s great that these big stars are backing us. We appreciate it and believe that people are beginning accept at our arguments and objectives more closely.
‘We are not militants and are a peaceful group and we will carry on our campaign long after this fortnight of action is over.
‘We will keep coming back. We need to save the planet from being destroyed while we can.’
Many Londoners may be anxious to say ‘good riddance’ to XR who have cost the tax payer millions in their London campaign.
Today the High Court will be targeted and on Thursday the London tube network.
‘Hypocrite’ stars who signed letter
Riz Ahmed (actor), Simon Amstell (comedien), Mel B – Spice Girls (musician), Matt Berry (actor), Melanie Blatt – All Saints (musician), Baroness Rosie Boycott, Rory Bremner (comedien), Tom Burke (actor), David Byrne – Talking Heads (musician), Peter Capaldi (actor), Jake Chapman (artist), Mary Charteris (model / musician/ DJ), Grace Chatto – Clean Bandit (musician), Adam Clayton – U2 (musician), Jarvis Cocker (musician), Lily Cole (actor & model), Steve Coogan (actor), Laura Crane (pro surfer & model), Alfonso Cuaron (director), Benedict Cumberbatch (actor), Stephen Daldry (director), Poppy Delevingne (actor / model), Jeremy Deller (artist), Emily Eavis (Glastonbury Festival), Katy England (fashion stylist), Brian Eno (musician), Paapa Essiedu (actor), Livia Firth (Eco Age – founder), Jerome Flynn (actor), Stephen Frears (director), Bella Freud (designer), Sonia Friedman OBE (producer), Neil Gaiman (writer), Bob Geldof (musician and campaigner), Aileen Getty (activist and philanthropist), Simon Green – Bonobo (musician), Natalie Imbruglia (singer), Helena Kennedy QC, Idris Khan OBE (artist), Vanessa Kirby (actor), Nan Goldin (artist), Antony Gormley (artist), Jack and Finn Harries (film-makers and influencers), MJ Harper (dancer), Paul and Phil Hartnoll – Orbital (musicians), Lena Headly (actor), Imogen Heap (musician), Dr. Pam Hogg (fashion designer), Jon Hopkins (musician), Nick Hornby (writer), Julietthe Larthe (producer), Jude Law (actor), Howard and Guy Lawrence – Disclosure (musicians), Daisy Lowe (model), Phil Manzanera – Roxy Music (musician), Simon McBurney OBE (theatre maker), Ian McEwan (writer), Fernando Meirelles (director), Sienna Miller (actor), George Monbiot (journalist), David Morrissey (actor), Sir Michael and Lady Clare Morpurgo (writer), Sophie Muller (director), Robert Del Naja – Massive Attack (musician), Andrea (Andi) Oliver (TV chef), Chris Packham (conservationist), Amanda Palmer (musician), Cornelia Ann Parker OBE (artist), Bill Paterson (actor), Caius Pawson (Young Turks – Founder and XL Recordings – A&R Director), Grayson Perry (artist & broadcaster), Gilles Peterson (DJ & broadcaster), Yannis Philippakis and Edwin Congrea ve – Foals (musicians), Jason Pierce – Spiritualized (musician), Heydon Prowse (writer and director), Jonathan Pryce (actor), Gareth Pugh (designer), Sir Mark Rylance (actor), Nitin Sawney (musician), Tracey Seaward (film producer), Wilf Scolding (actor), Alison Steadman (actor), Juliet Stevenson (actor), Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi (Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, designers), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade, founder), Gavin Turk (artist), Mark Wallinger (artist), Ruby Wax (writer, performer and comedian), Rowan Williams (theologian), Jaime Winstone (actor), Ray Winstone (actor), Jeanette Winterstone (writer) and Thom Yorke (musician).