Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Has anyone else noticed a growing tendency, for greens to criticise the high carbon flaws of their leading lights?
The latest focus of this green backlash is Sir Richard Branson. Branson, who owns Virgin Airlines, regularly self promotes his personal green credentials, with grand public gestures aimed at raising environmental awareness. But the green backlash has caught up to Branson, in the form of this eloquent tweet from British comedian Frankie Boyle:
Frankie Boyle is no climate skeptic – he appears to be deeply concerned about CO2 and natural resources. However Boyle is one of a rising chorus of green voices, who are starting to insist that prominent leaders of the movement live by the standards which they demand of the rest of us.
Green hypocrisy is nothing new – witness the blatant green hypocrisy of the Guardian, hilariously satirised by Josh. And the regular frequent flier climate conferences enjoyed by prominent greens must upset at least some in the movement.
We also have Al Gore’s habitual disregard for green sensibilities, such as Gore’s gigantic personal household electricity bill.
What is new is that ordinary people, many with green sympathies, are starting to publicly challenge leaders who claim to be green, but whose jetset lifestyle choices generate more carbon emissions in a year, than most people manage in a decade.