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Celebrities, politicians who love to lecture America on the environment but rarely practice what they preach

Celebrities, politicians who love to lecture America on the environment but rarely practice what they preach

Democrat politicians and celebrities have long demonstrated hypocrisy when it comes to climate change.

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On days celebrating the environment like Earth Day, celebrities and politicians like to lecture average Americans about how they need to change their behavior to fight climate change. However, they often fail to practice what they preach.

Over the years, liberal politicians and celebrities have been accused of hypocrisy for failing to live by the eco-friendly lifestyles they advocate. Here are several examples of Hollywood A-listers, tech billionaires, and Democrat politicians who have been caught being hypocrites when it comes to helping the environment.

"Avengers" actor Mark Ruffalo is a passionate crusader against climate change. He has participated in events like the People’s Climate March in 2015 and advocated against fracking. Ruffalo has used his career to advocate for environmental causes like when he starred in and co-produced "Dark Waters," a film about a corporate lawyer fighting to expose poisonous pollution by a corporation.

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During the 2014 People's Climate March, the Hulk actor was asked if celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio were the best spokespeople to fight climate change when they themselves have significant carbon footprints.

"Oh brother," Ruffalo responded. "That is a question you shouldn’t be asking here today because that defies the spirit of what this is about."

He later complained than anyone critical of DiCaprio is either "a coward or an ideologue."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are consistent advocates for governments to take action against climate change.

"With kids growing up in today's world, pretty depressing, right, depending on where you live, your home country is either on fire, it's either underwater, houses or forests are being flattened," Prince Harry warned during an interview with Oprah. "Climate change is really playing a huge part in this as well as social media, and we just don't - well, I mean, I know lots of people out there are doing as best they can to try and fix these issues - but that whole sort of analogy of walking into the bathroom with a mop when the bath is over-flooding, rather than just turning the tap off."

He added, "is there really a moment, a reckoning moment, post-COVID, where we can actually look at each other, look at ourselves and go 'we need to do better about stopping or allowing the things that are causing so much harm to so many of us at the source, rather than being distracted by the symptom."

But their environmental rhetoric hasn't stopped the couple from traveling across the globe in private jets.

In 2019, the couple flew by private jet to go on vacation to Ibiza, then to Nice, France. Harry conceded that "no one is perfect" regarding his private jet usage but said "we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact." It was reported that his wife, Meghan Markle wasn't bothered by the charges of hypocrisy.

Last year, the couple did pledge to be carbon-neutral by the end of this decade.