In Sicily, the world’s rich and famous, including President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Leonardo di Caprio, and Tom Cruise, gathered for Google’s annual “summer camp” and this year the attendees reportedly focused their discussions on the climate crisis. But the group caught some major criticism for the fact that they arrived by private plane and yacht leading one New York Post columnist to write “The Gulfstreams, mega-yachts and gas-guzzling Maserati SUVs used to ferry the wokerati around the seaside Google Camp have been spewing out greenhouse gases at the rate of small nations.” We learned coincidentally this week that Greta Thunberg is traveling by a solar-powered, zero-carbon yacht across the Atlantic to attend the United Nations climate summit next month.
Why This Matters: In times of crisis, leading by example is important. These world leaders in arts, business, technology, and fashion are very influential and could use their notoriety to show people all over the globe that it is possible to make the personal changes needed to solve this crisis. They can inspire us by using the power of their example and their ability to make news to dream big and to believe it is possible to change the climate trajectory we are on – see what Leonardo di Caprio is doing to educate the public below. Talking amongst themselves is fine, but talking to the rest of the world and using their art, business, tech and fashion influence to reach people who are skeptical or who believe the problem is too big to solve would be a huge contribution to staving off the climate crisis at this key moment.
Climate Change Is the Cause Du Jour
Some of the attendees have genuine cred when it comes to the issue.
- Obama was instrumental in the U.S. leadership that helped make the Paris Agreement a reality.
- And di Caprio — who has a made films (see the trailer for his latest below) on the topic and funds a climate change project in his foundation — has worked hard to personally raise the public’s awareness of the issue.
- But events like this feed the narrative that climate change is not nearly as bad as the liberal elites claim — just check out the Fox News coverage — even though the science is incontrovertible.