The perils of being a famous person supporting the Extinction Rebellion climate-emergency movement are accusations of hypocrisy – especially for musicians, whose carbon footprints through touring alone are high. Now a group of celebrities backing the movement – including artists Thom Yorke, David Byrne, Mel B, Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Orbital, Amanda Palmer and many more – have signed an open letter addressing the issue.
“Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites, You’re right. We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you – and everyone else – we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm,” opened the letter. “There is, however, a more urgent story that our profiles and platforms can draw attention to. Life on earth is dying. We are living in the midst of the 6th mass extinction.” They went on to promise that “the stories that you write calling us climate hypocrites will not silence us… We invite all people with platforms and profiles to join us and move beyond fear, to use your voices fearlessly to amplify the real story.”