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No, Taylor Swift is Not the Final Boss of Climate Change

Last week, The Tab released a report of the Top 10 celebrities who have racked up the most CO2 emissions this year from their private jet, and they found that one celeb ruled the airwaves above anyone else: Taylor Swift.

According to the report, Swift has racked up a total of 170 flights on her private jet this year alone, amassing 22,923 minutes in the air, which comes out to roughly 15.9 days. The Tab estimated that Swift expels 8,293 tons of CO2 emissions via her private jet. Comparatively, a non-celeb averages roughly seven tons flying commercially each year.

This, of course, meant that Swift was in for a tough weekend. The Internet was flooded with memes about Swift using her private jet for trips to Target, Chipotle, even just a glass of water.

Yet while Twitter was having a blast calling Swift out, there’s a big part of the report many Internet users seemed to overlook: A spokesperson for Taylor Swift clarified, “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

If true, this means Swift herself is not the only one spending time in the air, and her large catalog of celebrity friends and acquaintances are using her jet for their own trips.

So does this make Carbon Emission (Taylor’s Version) better? Well, no. Not really.

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It’s great that Swift appears to be sharing the wealth in her own, um, unique way (perhaps something Kylie Jenner could consider). But there’s no excuse for a small portion of people to expel more than 400 times more emission than the average human. The fact that Swift may not bear as much of the blame as the internet thought doesn’t really do much for environment. Lending your friends a private jet for the weekend is a very nice thing for billionaires to do for each other, but it doesn’t help, say, the people whose crops are failing to do a constantly warming planet.

In a time when our environment is suffering more than ever, we should be doing all that we can to diminish our carbon footprints. Of course, a vast majority of that responsibility falls to corporations who account for 71 percent of global emissions, but the rest of humanity isn’t off the hook. It might mean driving instead of flying, enduring paper straws instead of plastic or selling your private jet for scrap. But every step counts.

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