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‘Yes, We’re All Hypocrites’: 100s Of Artists Sign Open Letter Supporting Extinction Rebellion

Disclosure, Mel B, David Byrne and more are taking a stand against conservatives who point out touring's massive carbon footprint.

Extinction Rebellion publish open letter co-signed by David Byrne, Mel B, Natalie Imbruglia and more

“Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites… you’re right,” begins an open letter from more than 100 celebrities in support of climate change activist collective Extinction Rebellion, co-signed by the likes of Disclosure, Mel B, David Byrne and Bob Geldof.

In the letter, the celebrities address accusations of hypocrisy from conservative media, who use a straw man argument to point out that a lot of these high-profile people are frequent flyers.

“We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints,” it reads. “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.”

The letter goes on to note “a more urgent story that our profiles and platforms can draw attention to”. From there, the open letter details the severity of the climate crisis and the importance of both awareness and action.

“There are millions of children – called to action by Greta Thunberg – who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future,” it reads. “We cannot ignore their call.  Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line. The stories that you write calling us climate hypocrites will not silence us.”

In addition to the musicians previously mentioned, the likes of Foals, Massive Attack, Thom Yorke, Bonobo, Brian Eno, The Wombats and Australia’s own Warren Ellis and Natalie Imbruglia.

They’re joined by the likes of Steve Coogan, Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch, who are all pledging to make changes and join the fight alongside Extinction Rebellion. Read the full letter below, and read the full list of names here.

An Open Letter From Celebrities Called Hypocrites For Supporting Extinction Rebellion

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.

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. For those who still doubt the severity of our situation, here is the International Monetary Fund on 10th October 2019 :

“Global warming causes major damage to the global economy and the natural world and engenders risks of catastrophic and irreversible outcomes”

And here is Sir David Attenborough on 3rd December 2018 :

“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted; millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees.

Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fuelled economy, there are millions of children – called to action by Greta Thunberg – who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future.

We cannot ignore their call.  Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line.

The stories that you write calling us climate hypocrites will not silence us.

The media exists to tell the public the truth. Right now there has never been a more urgent need for you to educate yourselves on the CEE (Climate and Ecological Emergency) and to use your voices to reach new audiences with the truth.

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.

Thousands of ordinary people are risking their freedom by taking part in non-violent civil disobedience.  We’ve been inspired by their courage to speak out and join them. We beg you to do the same.