Celebrities supporting Extinction Rebellion admit being hypocrites

Celebrities have admitted being hypocrites over climate activism but asked the press not to focus on their "huge carbon footprints".

In an open letter to the media, high-profile supporters of Extinction Rebellion have said there are more important issues than their own confessed hypocrisy.

Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch are among the A-list environmentalists urging the press to focus their critical energies on climate change, and not the lifestyles of celebrities.

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Sir Mark Rylance, centre, takes part in a climate demonstration in central London (Alastair Grant/AP)

Steve Coogan, Bob Geldof, Sir Mark Rylance, and Ray Winstone are among the more than 100 famous figures who have signed the open letter.

Ian McEwan and Michael Morpurgo have also backed the admission.

Stars have confessed their own complicity in climate crises, a guilt they share with "everyone else".

The letter states: "Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites. You're right.

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Protesters dubbed the Red Rebels at Millbank at the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
A protester on a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Mothers from the Extinction Rebellion movement with their babies hold placards in Westminster on day three of the Climate Change protest. The activists are calling on government departments to 'Tell the Truth' about what they are doing to tackle the Emergency. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
The group known as the Red Rebels in a procession leaving St James's Park, near Birdcage Walk, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police surround protesters on top of a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police speak to two protesters during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Westminster, London.
A protester holding a pair of placards on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
A pair of protesters who have glued themselves to each other and the road, on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police speak to a man who has handcuffed himself during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in Westminster, London.
A protester on a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, remonstrates with a member of the police during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, joins protesters in Trafalgar Square during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police arrest a protester who had been glued to to others in a circle, adjacent to the Women of World War Two memorial on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Anti-aircraft protesters in Trafalgar Square during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police attempt to separate a pair of protesters who have glued themselves to each other adjacent to the Women of World War Two memorial on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Lorna Greenwood speaks to protesters as the police block Whitehall, preventing the Extinction Rebellion mass 'nurse-in' reaching Downing Street in Westminster, London.
Protesters on Whitehall, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Tents at the Extinction Rebellion camp on Marsham Street, Westminster, London.
Trees in pots left by Extinction Rebellion activists beneath a staute of King George V in Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters Day Two Trafalgar Square London, England on October 8, 2019. (Ph?oto by Robin Pope/Sipa USA)
Tents at the Extinction Rebellion camp on Marsham Street, Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters Day Two Trafalgar Square London, England on October 8, 2019. (Ph?oto by Robin Pope/Sipa USA)
Protesters tents during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Environmentalist performance art troupe the 'Red Rebel Brigade' walk silently during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Various seedlings seen during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Demonstrators playing drums and performing during the environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion activist group. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group has blocked a number of key junctions in central London. (Photo by Rahman Hassani / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron, near Old Palace Yard outside Parliament, holding a sapling, amongst those placed by protesters, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Police remove a demonstrator during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Climate change protesters outside the Palace of Westminster during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in central London.
Protesters in St James's park during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest in central London.
Protesters dressed as Jesus and Ronald McDonald outside a McDonald's restaurant near Trafalgar Square, London, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest.
A protester on top of a trailer during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters camp in tents around the Monument to the Women of World War II on Whitehall in Westminster, central London, as the climate change protest continued into a second day.
Protesters at Millbank near to the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Extinction Rebellion Protesters on day two in Trafalgar Square, London, England on October 8, 2019.(Ph?oto by Robin Pope/ SIPA USA)
Extinction Rebellion Protesters day two in Trafalgar Square, London, England on October 8, 2019.(Ph?oto by Robin Pope/ SIPA USA)
Labour MP, Kate Green (left) amongst the saplings placed in Old Palace Yard outside Parliament, by protesters, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protester places a sapling in Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protester wearing a Baroness Thatcher mask and outfit outside Parliament, in Abingdon Street, London during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protesters during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Trafalgar Square, London.
Police arrest a protester at Millbank near to the junction with Great College Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London.
Protesters talking to the police outside the Home Offfice, Marsham Street, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London. .
A protester who has attached herself underneath a lorry blocking Marsham Street, outside the entrance to the home office, amid demonstrations by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in Westminster, London.
A protester who has glued himself to a door as part of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest outside the Department for Transport in Horseferry Road, Westminter, London.
A police officer reads a section 14 order to a protester who has glued herself to the floor as part of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest outside the Department for Transport in Horseferry Road, Westminter, London.
An activist performs during the protest. Cities worldwide like London, Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, Par�s started the second international week rebellion while activists perform in different actions of pacific protests and civil disobedience under the ethical duty to reclaim responsibility a political action for the purpose of mitigate the serious consequences of climate change and ecological impact. In Madrid they were two parallel actions, one in �Paseo de la Castellana�, where a main road was blocked for a human chain and there were some activists who were arrested and the second one, in front of Environmental Transition Ministry, where the movement wants to camp as long as possible like a political pressure. (Photo by Rafael Bastante / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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"We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints.

"Like you, and everyone else, we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm.

"There is, however, a more urgent story that our profiles and platforms can draw attention to.

"Life on earth is dying. We are living in the midst of the 6th mass extinction."

Elements of the media have criticised high-profile supporters of climate activism for environmentally damaging behaviours, such as long and frequent flights or, in the case of Sherlock star Cumberbatch, being an ambassador for car brand MG.

Celebrities have pointed out that a more important story than their behaviour is climate change, and they will not stop campaigning.

The letter continues: "There are millions of children, called to action by Greta Thunberg, who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future.

"We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line.

"The stories that you write calling us climate hypocrites will not silence us.

"We invite all people with platforms and profiles to join us and move beyond fear, to use your voices fearlessly to amplify the real story."

Alan Partridge star Coogan added: "Extinction Rebellion is a grassroots movement that should be applauded for putting this issue at the top of the agenda where it belongs.

"I stand in full support of these brave, determined activists who are making a statement on behalf of us all."

Extinction Rebellion has recently launched a series of protests internationally, resulting police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.

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