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David Beckham's giant footprint
by Mike Woitalla, January 15th, 2008 6:45AM

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[OFF THE POST] David Beckham has the largest carbon footprint in human history according to British environmental group Carbon Trust. Having flown 250,000 miles last year, owning 15 gas-guzzling cars, and fueling mansions around the world has Carbon Trust calculating that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is responsible for 163 tons of carbon dioxide, compared to the 9.4 tons of CO2 the average Brit "produces."

The distance Beckham's traveled by air in 2007, which included a 11,291-mile round trip so he could play for the Galaxy and England within two days, was farther than a flight from earth to the moon.

 

Beckham flew 163,000 miles for to compete in England's unsuccessful European Championship qualifying campaign and he and wife, Victoria, are estimated to have flown 50,000 miles fulfilling advertising contracts.

"He should use his celebrity status to make people aware of the damage that traveling can cause to the planet," a Carbon Trust spokesman told the Daily Star. "With all his money he should be using it at least to reduce his own footprint. He has more freedom of choice when it comes to methods of traveling. He could also choose greener cars."

Peter Cranie, a spokesman of England's Green Party said, "A celeb like Becks, who claims the need to travel on such a massive scale, should be making an effort to counteract the damage he is doing."

Beckham's fleet of vehicles includes a Porsche, a Hummer and a Lincoln Navigator.

A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.

 



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