When it comes to climate change, the everyday person is urged to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, whether it’s using paper straws, opting for reusable grocery bags, or buying second-hand items.
However, after it was revealed that celebrities like Drake are taking their private jets for very short flights, creating incredibly high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, people (who aren’t rich enough to own private jets) are questioning why the onus is on them to stop climate change.
Last Friday, Celebrity Jets, an automated Twitter account that tracks famous people flying based on transponders and tail fin markings, exposed Drake for taking Air Drake on a 14-minute flight from Toronto to Hamilton.
Drake’s Jet Landed in Hamilton, Ontario, CA. Apx. flt. time 14 Mins. pic.twitter.com/DeN1Wxh2MD
— Celebrity Jets (@CelebJets) July 22, 2022
It would’ve taken about an hour to get there by car.
not drake taking a private plane from hamilton to toronto like bestie that’s less than an hour long drive what
— shaki (@SHAK11I) July 22, 2022
People were infuriated to also find out that this one flight emitted about four tons of C02 emissions.
“This is criminal,” was one user’s reaction on Twitter.
Drake just flew 14 minutes on his private jet and made 4 tons of CO2 emissions. That’s the same amount of emissions the average person makes in a year. It would have taken an hour to drive the same distance. This is criminal.
— Sommer Ackerman (@lifewithsommer) July 22, 2022
“Surely my stainless steel straw will offset whatever CO2 Drake’s plane emits,” another Twitter user joked.
surely my stainless steel straw will offset whatever CO2 drake’s plane emits to fly one person for 12 minutes pic.twitter.com/xJ3iLHyqEK
— Hurt CoPain (@SaeedDiCaprio) July 24, 2022
Another is just fed up with having to use those flimsy paper straws.
in light of me being 26 now, i have officially made as much of a carbon footprint over the span of my life as drake does in a week with his private jet alone. but i’m supposed to use paper straws??
— cunt dracula 🦇🖤🌙 (@psychuhdelic) July 21, 2022
And this isn’t the first time the Canadian rapper has flown that route. Celebrity Jets recorded three other flights from Toronto to Hamilton spanning from June 28 to July 22.
In 2019, the jet even took victory laps around Toronto during the Raptors championship parade.
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Unsurprisingly, Drake isn’t the only celebrity perpetrator. Kylie Jenner was also in hot water last week after she posted an Instagram photo of her and boyfriend Travis Scott flexing their private jets.
“You wanna take mine or yours?” the caption reads.
It didn’t take long for people to expose Jenner’s habit of taking flights as short as three minutes.
Just remembered how Kylie Jenner uses her private jet to make 3 minute flights pic.twitter.com/ERNcL1XuO5
— Emily Murnane (@emily_murnane) July 17, 2022
Ordinary non-billionaires are fed up with having to carry the weight of climate change on their shoulders, and many are labelling celebrities like Drake and Jenner as climate criminals.
— Klimate Kardashian (@klimikardashian) July 22, 2022
“What is even the point anymore?” another Twitter user questioned.
kim kardashian’s private jet produced 61 tons of CO2 emissions. over the last week drake’s private jet flights produced 182 tons of CO2 emissions. like what is even the point any more?
— Call a general strike. Riot. Shut it all down! (@MafaYYZ) July 22, 2022
with their planes alone, Drake, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, basically every celebrity with a private jet each INDIVIDUALLY create more carbon emissions than the average person does in 9 YEARS
— BLAS (@MechaPosadist) July 21, 2022
“Can you think about the future of our planet please?” another Twitter user pleaded to Drake.
hey @Drake, you’re pretty awesome & all, but damn… can you think about the future of our planet please? 🌎 private jet to Hamilton? more carbon footprint for this than most in one year… not cool man, not cool. #climatechange
— Marsha Doucette (@marshadoucette) July 23, 2022
While Drake partnered with sustainability group Aspirations last summer to offset his touring carbon footprint, it seems he’s having a hard time staying green.