Google splashes  dollar 20million on Italian climate change party

Google splashes dollar 20million on Italian climate change party


Google splashes dollar 20million on Italian climate change party It is hard to put a price on saving the planet but Google now has an eye watering tab to show for its attempt.  The tech giant spent an estimated dollar 20million on an extravagant climate change bash for a host of A list celebrities this week, flying hundreds of guests across the world and treating them to three days of luxury at a Sicilian seaside resort.  Today the celebrity guests, who included Prince Harry, Harry Styles, Naomi Campbell and Bradley Cooper, faced ridicule and accusations of hypocrisy for meeting in Italy to save the planet while leaving a huge carbon footprint of their own.  The 300 guests at the secretive camp, who also included Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, mingled on dollar 400million mega yachts and cruised around Sicily in dollar 200,000 cars before watching Coldplays Chris Martin perform in ancient ruins which cost another dollar 100,000 to rent even before the show was put on.  Google picked up the tab for their flights, accommodation and entertainment during the three day Google Camp, sending the costs spiralling.  With environmental costs thrown in guests arriving in Palermo on 114 fuel guzzling planes, roaring around Italy in Maseratis and enjoying the well watered golf courses and swimming pools at their dollar 903 a night resort the climate party quickly made a mockery of its grandiose intentions.  Britains Prince Harry is understood to have given a passionate barefoot speech about saving the planet, although Buckingham Palace has refused to confirm his attendance.  This is not something we are commenting on, a spokeswoman told MailOnline. Sources said Google laid on a private jet to take him to Sicily and a helicopter to ferry him from the airport at Palermo to the luxury resort of Verdura on the islands south coast. Google did not respond to requests for comment.  When pressed whether Harry had flown commercial or private the CEO of Palermo airport Giovanni Scalia said: Being royalty you can guess which. If Harry did travel by private jet with five passengers aboard, rather than taking a commercial flight, it would have created around ten times more carbon emissions – putting around three tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The prince would need to plant 190 trees in order to offset his one way flight to Palermo, environmental group Trees For The Future said.  BBC presenter Andrew Neil was among those to point out the irony, saying: Scores of celebrities and the rich have arrived in Sicily for a Google conference. They came in 114 private jets and a flotilla of super yachts. The conference is on global warming.   Sources told  that the total cost of the Google funded showpiece would run to around dollar 20million.  The combined carbon footprint of dozens of flights from Googles Los Angeles base to the Verdura resort would also come to around 780 tonnes of C02, although it is not clear where all the guests travelled from.  Perry and Bloom were picked up by David Geffens dollar 400,000 super yacht before it continued on its way up the Italian coast.   The resort features thalassotherapy pools a type of therapy using seawater as well as well kept, water sapping golf courses and a selection of swimming pools and spas.  The most expensive rooms cost nearly dollar 2,000 a night and the bill for the whole 300 guest party will have run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.   The summer party also splashed out energy costs on bright coloured lighting at a Chris Martin concert in the ancient ruins.   Taking aim at the guests, Boston Robb said: Tree hugging celebs take jets to extravagant Google Camp. Ahhh yes theyll all talk about climate change once they all arrive privately in their own jets and yachts. Former U.S. House candidate Elizabeth Heng joined in the criticism, saying: How ironic. For all this talk about saving the earth, 114 private jets chartered to attend this conference. Eliminating carbon footprint, eh?  Another Twitter user said: Look, in theory the google camp is a good idea but its ironic that all the celebs turn up in private jets and superyachts… then talk about saving the world at a decadently extravagant Italian resort.  Hope they spend some time discussing their own impact on the environment. One commenter described guests at the three day event as the Greenerati and scorned them for showing climate concern while flying on private planes.  Gregory Taylor took aim at rich people most likely flying in on private jet and then lecturing us on climate change.  Another Twitter user said: Is there anything more hypocritical than a bunch of rich people flying their private jets across the world to sit on yachts and discuss the future of our planet?   Supermodel Naomi Campbell was among the guests and reportedly gave a speech about Nelson Mandela at the secretive event.   The elite guest list at the Italian climate gathering is believed to include:   Diane von Furstenberg Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex Leonardo di Caprio Stella McCartney  Massimo Bottura    Former President Barack Obama was also rumoured to be among those attending the event, but has not been spotted so far.  Orlando Bloom, Stella McCartney, Diane Von Furstenberg and Gayle King were also spotted arriving at the Verdura Resort in Sicily for the welcome dinner on Monday.  On Tuesday, even more guests arrived at the property, with Nick Jonas and new wife Priyanka Chopra leading the charge of celebrities heading to the island for the three day conference which is believed to have begun on Monday and finished last night.  Styles was seen behind the wheel of a luxury car while driving with his friends Jeff Azoff and Ben Winston to the temple.  Spanish singer songwriter Rosalia, who later performed on stage on Tuesday, posted an picture of herself getting ready for the event and then walking around the temple ruins.  Coldplay also performed at the temple on the final night on Wednesday.   Prince Harry also attended the event back in 2017 and may have taken Meghan Markle along with him. The pair made their first public appearance together at a polo match in Ascot in May that year, and a week after the Google conference she was spotted in London with her mother celebrating her birthday.  The event, created by Google co founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, sees some of the worlds wealthiest business leaders and tech gurus discussing various issues in morning sessions before relaxing in the Italian sunshine in the afternoon. This years secretive camp, where social media is banned and the itinerary locked behind a password protected site, will focus on tackling global warming. According to , 114 fuel guzzling planes are scheduled to land at Palermo, the nearest airport, between now and August 4. Luxury megayacht the Andromeda, which is owned by billionaire Kiwi Graeme Hart has been spotted just off shore, as has Barry Dillers sailing vessel Eos.    David Geffens Rising Sun did swing by briefly on Monday to drop off Perry and Bloom, but then continued on its way up the Italian coast. As well as private jets and megayachts, there are buses to herd guests around and a helicopter pad.  After morning sessions, afternoons are free for guests to relax around the complex and spa, with trips around the coast, to local wineries and to tourist hot spots on offer.  The resort boasts two 18 hole golf courses, a tennis academy and one of the largest spa complexes in all of Europe on its over one mile of private coastline. There are a number of suites and private rooms as well as three villas for guests to stay. Those villas look out on to individual pools as well as the propertys massive infinity pool and stunning private beach, filled with imported white sand, a jetty and even a small carpet to take pampered stars into the crystal blue ocean waters. On the final night, Google spends close to dollar 100,000 renting the 2,500 year old Valley of the Temples ruins for a concert and sit down meal, with Sting performing there last summer. 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