The question that irritates climate advocates.

“If Taylor Swift leaves Tokyo the night after her concert, she should arrive in Las Vegas before the start of the Super Bowl. » This phrase is not the product of useless fan speculation, it emanates from official account from the Embassy of Japan. Spreading references to the star’s albums in the press release, the institution wished “They confirm that anyone affected can be without fear” regarding the celebration of his concert on February 10 in Japan. Because the American singer will be here on this date as part of her « Eras Tour », the first tour in history to generate more than a billion dollars in revenue. The next day the most anticipated sporting event in the United States takes place: the Superbowl, the American football final in which Travis Kelce, a player for the Kansas City Chiefs and companion of the 34-year-old artist, participates.

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Since her qualification, the question has arisen in the American media and on social networks: will the one who broke the Grammy Award record for best album of the year come to support her boyfriend, with whom she lives? publicized relationship?

Beyond appearance people From the question, a figure worries some observers: 30,500: it is the number of kilometers that Taylor Swift will have to travel in two weeks in a private jet if she wants to be present at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas on February 11, departing from Tokyo, and then return to Melbourne, Australia, where he continues his tour. Named the most polluting celebrity by a classification established by US sustainable marketing agency Yard In 2022, there has been an increase in the number of round trips by plane in recent months to attend Chiefs games.

“More global trend”

More and more Internet users, activists and political figures point out this excessive use of one of the most polluting means of transport. According to Julie Stein, deputy director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California (UCLA) School of Law, “Estimates vary, but private jet travel emits around ten times more GHGs.” (greenhouse gases) per capita than regular commercial airline travelmy ».

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According to a study by the Yard group, ten celebrities each emitted an average of 3,376.64 tons of CO22 In 2022 – Taylor Swift is followed in the ranking by American boxer Floyd Mayweather – when, on average, an Earthling rejects 7 tons per year. In the case of Taylor Swift, the singer would have emitted 8,293.54 tons of CO emissions2 in 2022, which is 1,185 times more than the average of an ordinary individual.

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