Top 10 celebrity co2 offenders: So how can we reduce our own carbon footprints?

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Just this week, marketing company Yard has revealed the worst celebrity offenders for CO2 emissions caused by private jet travel.

Yard’s data shows that celebrities have emitted an average of 3376.64 tonnes of CO2 emissions from private jet usage this year so far. This figure is over 482 times more than the annual emissions caused by the average human.

With the whole world facing an energy shortage crisis and global warming becoming an increasingly serious problem, these figures are shocking and disheartening.

The list of the 10 worst celebrity CO2 offenders is as follows:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Floyd Mayweather
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Alex Rodriguez 
  5. Blake Shelton
  6. Steven Spielberg
  7. Kim Kardashian
  8. Mark Wahlberg
  9. Oprah Winfrey
  10. Travis Scott

Although these celebrities have been found to be the worst offenders, Yard admits that this data is based on the emissions created by the planes owned by said celebrities and there is no way to know who was on any of the planes at any time.

In fact, many celebrities loan out their private planes to others when not using them, so it’s likely that a portion of the CO2 emissions were created when others were aboard.

According to Yard’s digital sustainability director, Chris Butterworth, celebrities are “a massive part of the CO2 problem we have with the aviation industry.”

“Aviation is responsible for 2.4% of human-produced CO2 every year, and research shows a vast divide between the super-rich and the rest of us regarding flights, travel, and even general emissions,” Butterworth says.

Although this new data may be troubling, there are still things that the average person can do to limit their energy usage and co2 emissions to improve their carbon footprint and help the environment.

Simple ways you can reduce your carbon footprint

  • Use public transport, walk or cycle instead of using your own vehicle when possible
  • Eat more plants and limit meat consumption, especially beef
  • Use reusable plastics such as shopping bags and water bottles
  • Buy responsibly made clothing such as clothes made from recycled materials
  • Instead of flying a short distance, drive or get public transport
  • Take shorter showers 
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
  • Turn down the heater 
  • Replace your light bulbs with LED lights
  • Unplug electronic equipment that is not being used
  • Turn off lights when they aren’t needed
  • Only buy what you need to limit food waste
  • Recycle your waste 
  • Start composting

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