Celebrities are the conscience of America. They tell us how to vote, help set our foreign policy and provide guidance on healthcare decisions. Without celebrities, we would have no moral compass.

Many celebrities make great contributions to society through the environmental movement. They save the whales, fight deforestation with their chest hair and design vegan shoes (which fall victim to the economic crisis). Celebrities so love the environment, there’s an entire website — updated several times a day — dedicated to their infatuation with Green Living.

But as with any heated love affair, the outside world has many and varied opinions of the celebrity/environment pairing:

  • Some find admiration in the fact that professionals, so necessarily self-centered, would leave room in their lives for the common good.
  • Others see private jets, gated compounds, homes on six continents and carbon footprints the size of the Hollywood Hills and cry: “Hypocrisy!”
  • Others, myself included, see celebritology as a minor and somewhat amusing facet of a much larger community dedicated to preserving the natural world.

For the environmental movement, celebrities are like the goofy cousin that comes to the family reunion with piercings and a biker boyfriend or girlfriend. (Or all three.)

Personally, I think it’s fine that celebrities are raising awareness of the environmental problems we face. If they don’t always — or never — practice what they preach, then that’s a personal decision they have to live with when their heads hit their $5,000 pillows at night. And some, in their youthful exuberance, really do put themselves in harms way to defend their cause, while some older, more seasoned celebs take part in some honest — if not altogether thoughtful — debate on the issues. (See the clip above.)

So I say: Let’s give celebrities the benefit of the doubt. They’re entitled to their opinions, even if they are a bit hypocritical. At the end of the day, celebrities are, in fact, just like us — human beings full of contradictions, failings, good and bad intentions. They just get their picture taken more often.

Let’s listen and try not to judge too harshly. We can start tonight as global celebrity David Letterman welcomes Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, to the “Late Show.”

If you believe in the work we’re doing, please lend a hand.


  1. There is a little bit of conflict when these are the people who have some influence but they also have the money to do what they want and OK while they advocate green they also spare no expense in things such as travel, in not necessary green formats?

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