Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour generates huge carbon footprint
Believe it or not, Madonna just hit the half-century mark. She was recently shortlisted for the Greenest Star on the Planet Award from Playhouse Disney’s Playing for the Planet Awards, but apparently, she was shortlisted too soon. Her new Sticky and Sweet tour, which debuted this weekend in Cardiff, reaches new heights in excess, with nearly 50 dates across the globe over the next four months. It’s Madonna’s entourage and supplies that are raising eyebrows, just slightly more than a year after she was pretending to care about global warming during her performance at the Live Earth concert. They include: “250 staff members - including nine wardrobe assistants, 12 seamstresses, a personal trainer and a masseuse - 30 wardrobe trunks and the tour's stage set flown around the world.” Carbonfootprint.com estimated that team Madonna alone will generate a carbon footprint exceeding 1,500 tons of emissions, not to mention the considerable emissions generated from the audiences at each show.
The UK’s Daily Mail compared the amount of carbon generated by Madge’s entourage to the footprint that 160 regular folks create in a year, and compared it to leaving a standard light bulb on for 1,000 years. Madonna’s jet alone will generate 95 tons of carbon.
Also among the cargo being shipped from country to country are four jumbo freezers to store ice packs for Madonna’s aching tootsies, and 30 trunks containing 3,500 wardrobe items, 200 makeup sponges, 100 pairs of kneepads, and 12 trampolines. Among the entourage flying from town to town with Madonna are 12 seamstresses and 16 caterers, and about 100 technicians and dancers.
To quote a spokesperson for Madonna at the time she played Live Earth in 2007, “She is educating herself and her family and has begun to make changes around her that reflect her awareness and concern for the future of the planet.” Wow. I wonder how much of a footprint is generated by her spokesperson’s hot air. After reading this review of the opening performance of the tour from Times Online, I have to admit that I, too, would be blown away by the ice cap-melting spectacle. But more than that, I’m just disappointed at her laziness and excess.
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