Over the past twenty years, us common folk have been told that we must make cutbacks on luxuries, in order to save the planet from climate change – while those who are doing the lecturing, continue their privileged, resource consuming lifestyles unabated.
Celebrities in particular, are the first to give everyone a lecture on what “we” can do to “save ourselves,” meanwhile they live in homes with huge carbon footprints and love to fly by private jet – something that is on the increase.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that there is a growing backlash to private jet use and celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner – who took a 17-minute flight via private jet once – have both been labeled a “climate criminal.”
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect,” Taylor Swift’s spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal noted that the demand for private jets has increased by record numbers – rising 30 percent since 2019 and the industry has seen “record growth” since the emergence of covid.
As the WSJ notes, so far, the data has only caused climate outrage. But this hasn’t stopped private flights from rising 30% since 2019, the report says. The industry has seen “record growth” since the beginning of the pandemic.
“I’ve been in the private jet market for the last 10 years, and on the aviation commercial side for 22, and I’ve never seen the private-jet business like this.” Darren Banham, chief executive of Discovery Jets, a charter and jet management company, told Wall Street Journal.
JB Jets founder Ben Parker noted that 75 percent of his clients now are first time fliers and he also stated that celebrities posting themselves onboard private jets are fueling the growth in the business.
Parker said that part of the appeal is the ease at which someone can book a flight and the flexibility that comes with it.
“You can show up 15 minutes before, five minutes before. You can show up late, and the plane will wait for you.” Parker said.
Parker also noted that most people onboard are not looking to have expensive luxuries, but more basic amenities.
“People believe our clients want caviar and Champagne, but believe it or not, they usually want McDonald’s or Burger King. But we usually hear about it if the water is Essentia and not Fiji.”
Fact is, there isn’t a vast majority of everyday people who can afford such lavish luxuries, and there is nothing wrong with being successful and using your hard-earned money to purchase comforts in life – the problem is the hypocrisy.
Everyday people are tired of being told that they are the world’s problems and the cause of it all, by the very people who contribute the most to the world’s pollution problems.