Climate change threatens the entire existence of mankind, yet on the day when leaders at the G8 Summit agreed on reducing global emissions by up to 50 percent by 2050 – the dominant headline was that Paris Hilton was out of jail.
You gotta love our celebrity-obsessed culture. So we’re going to lose a few coastlines in the decades ahead, the more important discovery seems to be that Paris is going back to court in the morning. Enough about melting icebergs and give the world what they want – judicial warming on Paris’ case.
Peering into the future, we can expect the below stories to make the front pages. Which one will you care about more?
“Venice Is Lost Forever” vs. “Suri Cruise Turns 21”
“20 Hurricanes Slam the United States This Season” vs.
“Angelina and Brad Adopt 20th Child”
“Paris Endures 10-Year Heatwave” vs.
“Paris Hilton’s Granddaughter Goes to Jail”
Before Al Gore made “An Inconvenient Truth”, there was Kevin Costner’s “Waterworld.” Laughed out of the box office by moviegoers, Mr. Costner was on to something when his character, Mariner, stated “dry land is a myth.” Released in 1995, the movie centered around a society that struggled to live after the polar ice caps have melted. Fast forward 12 years and Los Angeles is currently experiencing the least amount of annual rainfall on record. We’ve received 2.5 inches to date (the average is 11 inches). While no one thinks global warming is a myth anymore, where are the leaders in our community to serve as catalysts for change?
More influencers in our society need to step out of the shadows (unless it’s really hot out), and stand united against individuals and industries that refuse to recognize the threat. The world knows that Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio have been vocal about global warming and our need to make a systematic change. I just want to take this time to recognize several entertainers who have had the courage to express their thoughts about climate change over the past three decades:
“It’s getting hot in herre.”
– Nelly, 2002
“It never rains in Southern California.”
– Tony! Toni! Tone!, 1990
“The heat is on, on the street … The pressure’s high, just to stay alive. Cause the heat is on.”
– Glenn Frey, 1984
I’m looking for more inspired thoughts from Los Angeles, but until then, I’ll be at the beach.