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Green Celebs: U2's Bono

If you're looking for an environmental role model, Irish rockstar, Bono (born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960), of the band U2 is a good place to start.  Bono is well known for his humanitarianism, and has been called, "the face of fusion philanthropy" for his efforts to draw attention to issues such as global poverty, AIDS, and the environment. "I was taught that if my opinion was informed, then I had the right to express it and not be afraid who else was in the room," Bono said in a 2002 60 Minutes interview.

Green Celeb Bono

Bono's environmental work includes creating clothing line in 2005, EDUN, which works in developing countries to create sustainable business models, provide fair wages, practice good business ethics, without burdening the local environment.  He also participated in a tree planting ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan, in 2008, where efforts are being taken to turn a landfill into an 88 hectare forest.    Bono has also been active in the Greenpeace community  since 1993 when his entire band participated in a protest against a nuclear power plant, Sellafield, in England.   And of course, Bono is self-reported avid recycler and drives a car which runs on ethanol instead of gasoline.

He was named one of Time Magazine's most 100 influential people in 2004 and in 2005 tied with Bill and Melinda Gates as Time's Person of the Year.  While he has received his fair share of criticism over the years by those who claim that many of his endeavours are for personal gain, I believe his green efforts are most definitely noteworthy.  In response to the criticism, in a CNN interview Bono retorted that sometimes making a difference means that everyone involved wins.  Bono has acknowledged that being a rockstar is not conducive to a green lifestyle, with all of the travel involved, but that he does his best to make decisions that will benefit the environment when possible.  Nobody's perfect, Mr. Bono -- we love you and give you the Keen for Green seal of approval!


Green? Three stages for one tour? Explain that Bono!

Bono is an environmentalist? What a bunch of BS!  Here's some info on U2's 2009 tour.  I wonder how much CO2 this will produce, and what kind of carbon footprint this will leave.   Below is copied from this website:

"With more than 120 trucks transporting three stages that cost $40m to build and up to 500 staff on the payroll, U2's tour is being touted as the most expensive rock 'n' roll expedition ever mounted."  MORE THAN 120 TRUCKS - I WONDER IF THEY'RE HYBRIDS?????The band expects to clock up 70,000 miles jetting around the world by the time the two-year tour concludes in 2010.  WOW, ONLY 70,000 MILES JETTING AROUND"That overhead is just to have the crew on payroll, to rent the trucks, all that," said McGuinness. "There's about 200 trucks. Each [of the three stages require] 37 trucks. And then the universal production is another 50-odd trucks, and there are merchandise trucks and catering trucks."  MORE GREEN HERE!  YEAH, GREEN AS IN $$$$$$$$$$$.

Bono is a friggin hypocrite.  But then most celebrities with lots of $$$ are, so what's new?

Do you really expect that

Do you really expect that Bono himself was in charge of arranging the transportation of his stage and such? No, thats ridiculous. Also, touring so extensively will inevitably cause a huge carbon footprint. What would you have him do, just play gigs that are close enough that he can walk to them just for the sake of not flying? This is obviously impossible. Bono himself makes all the efforts that he HIMSELF can make. You cannot blame him for what his manager, or someone on stage is responsible for.

That's very disheartening

I noticed that the the blog post did say that Bono has said that being a rock star isn't conducive to a green lifestyle due to the travel.  But as far as celebs go, it does sound like he makes greater efforts to be environmentally and socially conscious which I don't think should be ignored!

I do hope that Bono will make some greener choices when it comes to his travel and all of those trucks.  Michael Franti is a good environmental role model in that respect, as he tours in biodiesel buses.  I saw him at a festival and after the show was over he went around the field to pick up litter and properly dispose of it. 

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