Hollywood Climate Summit: A Pompous Spectacle of Celebrity Virtue Signaling

It’s Hollywood again – the land of dreams and grand narratives – preparing to host another edition of its self-appointed and glamorous Hollywood Climate Summit. The purpose, we are told, is to tackle climate change head-on and prompt the entertainment industry to drive this message home.

The Hollywood Climate Summit is an annual multi-day conference that creates a community space for thousands of cross-sector entertainment and media professionals to take action on climate. We gather filmmakers, executives, artists, activists, climate organizations, scientists, and other experts for interactive action-oriented programming and professional development opportunities. Our main conference is located in Los Angeles, and we’ll have hybrid workshops and virtual networking opportunities for international audiences. 


It’s the season of celebrity activism, with the big names of the silver screen poised to lend their voices to the cause of climate change. The two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, is set to speak at the event, following her various efforts to raise awareness on the topic, from her ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ protest movement to the books she has authored. Do these high-profile gatherings ever actually aid the supposed cause they claim to represent or are they merely performative virtue signaling under the guise of environmental concern?

Let’s first understand that climate change is a complex issue that few if any of these high-paid mannequins remotely understand. It involves scientific theories and models that attempt to predict long-term global effects, and these predictions vary widely and are far from being certain, as well as often being downright wrong. While some alarmist researchers warn of impending catastrophe, (ie. Mann) others are more sedate and either believe whatever minor changes that might be occurring are part of ordinary natural fluctuations, (Soon) or are not happening at anything close to a catastrophic pace (Pielke Jr).

It’s critical to remember that economic and political interests play a significant role in shaping the public narrative on climate change.

The Hollywood Climate Summit, now in its fourth year, is a glossy and high-profile event. With a multitude of celebrities, filmmakers, scientists, and activists, the summit aims to “change the industry’s culture” and leverage the entertainment industry’s global influence. However, there is a need to question if these events, with their star power and glitz, are truly about effecting tangible change or are they mere vehicles for strutting their environmental Bonafide’s while propagating a set of partisan policy preferences and ideologies.

Looking closely at the agenda and the narrative they are promoting. One of the key discussions led by Fonda will revolve around SB1137, a California bill set for the 2024 ballot, aiming to heavily regulate oil and gas well proximity to homes and various other locations. This will likely lead to significant economic setbacks and job losses in the state without a clear replacement strategy. This will likely exacerbate poverty and negatively impact livelihoods, creating a new different set of problems and misery.

Such celebrity-endorsed events also conveniently sidestep the fact that the entertainment industry itself contributes significantly to carbon emissions – whether through extensive traveling, energy-intensive film productions, or lavish lifestyles. The hypocrisy raises the question: how much are the stars willing to change their own habits and lifestyles to genuinely combat the supposed climate emergency?

It’s vital to differentiate between genuine dialogue and publicity-driven events. We must critically assess the narratives presented to us and remain wary of attempts to manipulate public opinion for specific policy agendas. The world is complex, and the climate is no exception. Solutions for any actual problems are likely to be found in unbiased scientific research, technological innovation, and adaptive management strategies rather than in star-studded, agenda-driven events.

HT/Mumbles McGuirk

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J Boles
June 23, 2023 2:06 pm

There’s no business like climate business, like no business I know! You know it’s all show.

Reply to  J Boles
June 23, 2023 2:37 pm

What’s the plural for anus?

Onthe Move
Reply to  Scissor
June 23, 2023 3:50 pm

The plural of anus is a singular word.

Reply to  Onthe Move
June 23, 2023 6:45 pm

I thought it was Hollywood celebrities.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Scissor
June 24, 2023 10:32 am

Looks like window dressing at Macy’s. These are headless manikins so I thought it appropriate:

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June 23, 2023 11:31 pm


Reply to  J Boles
June 23, 2023 4:56 pm

Hollywood’s product is mostly fiction….filled with propaganda…little relation to reality….so why shouldn’t they support a fantasy narrative about an Evil CO2 produced by Evil Ones trying to destroy the planet….but Evil will be thwarted by….Hollywood….who else? Hurrah for Hollywood!

John the Econ
June 23, 2023 2:16 pm

Again, America’s icons of conspicuous consumption gathering to lecture us as to how the rest of us need to unwind access to the creature comforts of the 20th century. It would be funny if so many people didn’t take this the least bit seriously.

James Snook
June 23, 2023 2:24 pm

Communal narcissism on parade. California’s finest.

June 23, 2023 2:27 pm

Climate science may be complex and it may be that we don’t fully understand it however we do fully understand Hollywood’s solution to climate change. Wind and solar are not a substitute for fossil fuel and nuclear generation, EVs are not a substitute for ICE vehicles. That is pretty much all you need to know. Why anyone would look to Hollywood for guidance I can’t say but they must be real knuckle draggers.

June 23, 2023 2:28 pm

Will they serve lots of bubbly? and be too dumb to ask what is in the bubbles?

Let the March of the Useful Idiots begin with full coverage and commentary on the outfits etc.

June 23, 2023 2:37 pm

They are paid to be beautiful. And they are beautiful. So they deserve respect for achieving the highest standards in their chosen field.

They also are experts at the game Let’s Pretend. Some of then can make you believe they truly are in that untrue state; Superheroes, fearless journalists or unrequited lovers and, and, and… the rest.

So they have respect and can fake sincerity. They can sell anything.
Better it be Climate Change than anything anyone can be arsed about acting on.

Let them sell concern. Sighs cost nothing.
We are long past the time when any real action will ever be inspired.

If it was going to happen it would have happened a decade or two ago,

Rud Istvan
June 23, 2023 2:41 pm

‘A glossy and high profile event’.

Cause they got nothing else. Remember Hollywood superstar climate ambassador DeCaprio did not graduate high school—like Greta Thunberg. Remember Al Gore flunked out of Christian theology (ministry) school, only to find his later calling as a high priest of the AGW religion.

When the science isn’t settled, when all the specific past ‘scientific’ predictions are proven wrong, when renewables solutions are proven ruinable, true believers finally resort to ‘glossy high profile events’. Yup, that will for sure NOT work to persuade China and India to cut coal consumption. Ridicule is required.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
June 23, 2023 3:56 pm

Glad you mentioned that connection to Al Gore, Rud.

It occurred to me from the outset that Al’s seamless conversion to the AGW religion, and becoming a high preacher of same, was a match made in heaven (or somewhere) . . .
Fire & brimstone and all that.

You think Al also reckoned there were more $$$$s to be made in AGW than the ol’ “repent, repent, you sinners! and send your donations now to A. Gore, C/- J. Epstein, Mail Box 666, Virgin Islands”

David H
June 23, 2023 2:56 pm

Firefox must be psychic…My homepage recommended this article. https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2023/06/hollywood-scripts-climate-change-plot-screenwriting/?utm_source=pocket-newtab It reads like the Babylon Bee only they take themselves way to seriously…for a little more humor don’t forget to scroll down and read
How Climate Change Plagues Ordinary Americans…I can hardly wait …I am sure it is a laugh a minute.

June 23, 2023 3:00 pm
ethical voter
June 23, 2023 3:07 pm

Just fantasyland pretenders jumping on the fantasyland band wagon. W#nkers and hypocrites all. They should stick to their day jobs.

June 23, 2023 3:24 pm

Piffle. They resemble a collection of Scientology celebrity converts. Since AGW is a religious cult, this follows logically. This is celebrating a group of people who: 1) are walking clothes-hangers, 2) are paid to simply look attractive, and 3) have no other skills than bad acting in front of a bluescreen.

At the 2020 Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais remarked that the Awards program was not having a category for best ripped junkie. Their only marketable skills are working out and taking steroids.

Rick C
June 23, 2023 3:41 pm

If you fly private, shut up about ACCC (Anthropogenic Catastrophic Climate Change).

J Boles
Reply to  Rick C
June 23, 2023 4:20 pm

If you use FF at all.

Reply to  Rick C
June 23, 2023 7:34 pm

C’mon guys.

Those stretch limos run on unicorn farts.

Everyone knows that !

June 23, 2023 3:44 pm

Let’s see if a small test group of A-listers will volunteer to abstain from using all oil-derived synthetic products to keep those confected smiles in tip-top shape, and those perfectly-shaped teeth flashy, blindingly white.

Nominations for best contenders please.

(Note – diversity & equity rules apply. But do remember Monty Python’s “Rule 1”)

Gary Pate
Reply to  Mr.
June 23, 2023 11:48 pm

No Poofters?

Gary Pate
Reply to  Mr.
June 23, 2023 11:50 pm

I prefer Rule 4: I don’t want to catch anybody not drinking in their bunks after lights out

Gary Pearse
June 23, 2023 3:55 pm

“the summit aims to “change the industry’s culture” and leverage the entertainment industry’s global influence”

Turning out evermore cruddy movies is already reducing the industry’s ‘leverage’. Action heroes are getting their asses kicked by diminutive savage women and there is an alphabet soup of other genders in non sequitur side stories. Climate change gets statutory mention in passing. A reprise of Tarzan has him traveling to the Congo to do battle with mean colonialists who are making the oppressed even more miserable.

J Boles
June 23, 2023 3:57 pm

I would love to listen to some of those speakers! They all look like woke liberals. Imagine how they would talk about “we” need to do more about climate (we being the peasants, not the elite attendees at the summit) so if you attend the summit then you did your part, to show that your heart is in the right place, but don’t give up any luxuries, no!

J Boles
June 23, 2023 3:59 pm
Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  J Boles
June 24, 2023 7:23 am

ROTFL This video has been up for a month & only has 46 views!! It’s understandable, the production values are nil, the speaker is plain-looking and dull, and the script is full of jargon. Why does the Hollywood Summit NOT leverage the skills of … Hollywood?

June 23, 2023 4:09 pm

Why anyone would take something an actor or sports figure said as worthy because of their physical abilities is beyond me. Not that they aren’t capable of serious thought it’s just that they rarely express it …. because they don’t require it for entertainment purposes.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  mleskovarsocalrrcom
June 24, 2023 4:22 am

few are well educated- I doubt any could pass the most elementary quiz on climate science

general custer
Reply to  mleskovarsocalrrcom
June 24, 2023 8:53 am

Anyone who’s spent a few evenings at saloons near a college campus can tell you about the flakiest people on nearby bar stools. They are from the drama department. Nobody in their right mind would trust these eccentrics with their own pocket money, much less the technology of the future.

June 23, 2023 4:21 pm

The Hollywood Climate Summit is an orgy of hypocrisy. Virtually all humbug, and no science. Dim bulb quasi-royalty playing Pied Piper to peasants who are even dimmer.

June 23, 2023 5:03 pm

As all CO2 created to make movies and TV programs is unnecessary, we should start by eliminating all of it.

J Boles
June 23, 2023 5:29 pm

Get on google maps and go to Hollywood and pan and zoom, the big mansions, very very few have solar panels on the roof or yard. Telling, isn’t it?

June 23, 2023 5:31 pm

Hollywood is just as good a source of scientific analysis and logic as the the US Congress is a good source of moral purity.

Edward Katz
June 23, 2023 6:27 pm

These celebs seem to be having a contest with the mainstream media over who’s the bigger collection of climate/environmental hypocrites.

June 23, 2023 6:31 pm

With the writers guild on strike, what will these bimbos and mimbos have to say at such a summit…

John Hultquist
June 23, 2023 8:49 pm

What are the chemical ingredients for movie film?
Asking for a friend. 🙂

June 23, 2023 8:59 pm

I remember watching the 1990 Earth Day Special (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255132/), and the only thing that I still remember from it in 2023 was their confident warning that “We only have ten years left”, ostensibly meaning ten years to “change course” or something. But now, in 2023, I realize that every ten years, we only have ten years left. In 2033, we’ll still have only ten years left…

June 23, 2023 11:31 pm

We’re the f’n grifters in attendance?

Andy Pattullo
June 24, 2023 11:12 am

Hollywood – Oz, what’s the difference. These are not places where one should look for truth, logic and responsibility.

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