What do former President Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry have in common? All of them are famous, extremely wealthy, and environmental scolds. They talk a big game about saving the planet and fighting global warming but then they travel to Google Camp and just like that their hypocrisy is exposed.
The A-list of the rich and famous have gathered in Sicily, Italy at the personal invitation of the billionaire creators of Google, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, for a three-day party known as Google Camp. The main focus of the exclusive gathering is global warming, which is ironic given the huge carbon footprint created by their modes of transportation produced to get there.
The three-day summit at an exclusive resort on the Italian coast is an all-expenses included vacation for the guests, once they get there. They have to provide their own transportation to get to the resort. Once there, Google picks up their tab for accommodations, food and beverages, and entertainment. That ain’t cheap, either. The total expenditure by Google is expected to be $20 million dollars. Verdura Resort will host the event. There are two golf courses on the property and rooms start at $903 a night. Many guests are staying on their own mega yachts. Like you do.
Mega yachts docked at a nearby beach were reported to belong to designer Diane Von Furstenberg, German pharmaceutical giant Udo J. Vetter, Google’s Eric Schmidt, New Zealand tycoon Graeme Hart, and American billionaire David Geffen.
The major focus of the summer camp is the topic of global warming. Maybe the camp counselors should begin some group discussions on the excessive use of large private jets and yachts that brought the celebrities, entertainers, and politicians together in the first place. 114 private jets are expected to land at Palermo, Italy.
The three-day event will focus on fighting climate change — though it’s unknown how much time the attendees will spend discussing their own effect on the environment, such as the scores of private jets they arrived in and the mega yachts many have been staying on.
The Post crunched the numbers and found that 114 first class seats from Los Angeles to Palermo, Italy, where Camp guests landed, would spew an estimated 784,000 kilograms of CO2 into the air.
“Google Camp is meant to be a place where influential people get together to discuss how to make the world better,” one regular attendee told The Post.
“There will likely be discussions about online privacy, politics, human rights, and of course, the environment, which makes it highly ironic that this event requires 114 private jets to happen,” they said.
In other words, the privileged attendees talk a good game and preach about the effects of global warming to their intellectual lessers in the world but when it comes to their own comfortable lives and travel, all bets are off. Google Camp, according to attendees, is a place for discussions on how influential people can make the world a better place. The lofty agenda is likely also to include discussions about online privacy, politics, and human rights.
Many of the attendees were seen in photos tooling around the island in high-speed sports vehicles, including Perry, who has made videos for UNICEF about climate change and was seen in a Maserati SUV that gets about 15 mpg city.
Stella McCartney, Bradley Cooper, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra plus Gayle King will also be on hand. Even Mark Zuckerberg of Google’s rival, Facebook, was invited, according to local reports.
Entertainers such as Sting, Elton John, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, will perform for the guests as they dine in ancient temples. Not too shabby.
Who wouldn’t like to go to the coast of Italy at the end of July and be hosted at a fabulous resort with nothing asked in return but participating in some group navel-gazing? Climate change, global warming, or whatever we are calling it these days is a big topic with the left. Last night during the second night of the second round of Democrat debates, candidate Andrew Yang was refreshingly honest with the audience. He said it’s too late. The damage is done so everyone should just move to higher ground and away from the coastal areas. He acknowledged that America leads the world in reducing carbon emissions yet even with that success, there is no stopping climate change.
Yang is right. Mother nature is cyclical. The arrogance of liberal human beings knows no boundaries, though, and it makes them feel better to pontificate on such matters of science. This group of rich and powerful, though, just choose to demand rules and regulations for everyone else but themselves.