World famous actors, leaders, and business titans have flocked to a luxurious Sicilian resort this week to discuss climate change at a Google-hosted summit — but will undoubtedly leave their mark on the climate in the process.
Former President Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and even Prince Harry are expected to attend the summit, which has been dubbed “Google Camp.”
“Everything is about global warming, that is the major topic this year,” a source told the New York Post of the summit’s agenda.
In a palpable turn of irony, Italian media reported officials expect attendees to bring 114 private jets to the summit; 40 had already arrived by the weekend. Climate change advocates claim jet airplanes expel tons of ozone-eroding greenhouse gases, which they say contributes to global warming.
According to calculations by the Post, 114 jet flights from Los Angeles to Palermo, Italy — where the Falcone Borsellino Airport is located — would expel an estimated 100,000 kilograms of CO2, a known greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
Many of the attendees are even expected to stay on mega-yachts.
“Google Camp is meant to be a place where influential people get together to discuss how to make the world better,” an 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.”
Others who are expected to attend include Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Mark Zuckerburg, Tom Cruise, Bradley Cooper, among a host of other internationally-known influencers. Past attendees include the likes of Madonna, Oprah, and Michael Jordan.
All attendees were personally invited by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The duo have hosted the private summit since 2012, according to Forbes.