TV and Showbiz / 17-01-2020

Madeleine West encourages Australians to fight climate change in their own backyards 

Neighbours actor Madeleine West wants to encourage Australians to be aware of their carbon footprint in order to fight climate change.

The 39-year-old penned an article on Nine Honey as an attempt urge Australians to make more environmentally conscious choices.

While Madeleine admitted to being previously 'quiet' about environmental sustainability, she felt she had 'the right to raise [her] voice' because she had become a 'part of the solution'. 

Madeleine West encourages Australians to fight climate change in their own backyards 

Going green! On Friday, Neighbours star Madeleine West (pictured) shared her tips for how Australians can fight climate change

The soap actress decided to calculate her 'projected carbon footprint for 2020' and calculated that she should plant 150.7 trees to offset it. 

Madeleine revealed she has planted 46 trees so far, and plans to find homes for all 151 trees by the end of January - focusing on her neighbourhood, local farmland, around waterways and in fire-ravaged districts.  

The mother-of-six pinpointed that her biggest 'killer' in creating emissions was air travel, before condemning those who speak out about climate change and also flaunt their overseas holidays. 

Speaking out: Madeleine listed the numerous ways she has cut back, including walking whenever possible, not using a printer, recycling, start a compost, going vegan and growing her own herbs and vegetables

'I do struggle to witness the angry righteousness of some who raise clenched firsts on behalf of the climate, then in the same reverent tones endorse their recent holiday on the other side of the world,' she wrote. 

Madeleine listed the numerous ways she has cut back, including walking whenever possible, not using a printer, recycling, start a compost, going vegan and growing her own herbs and vegetables. 

She wrote: 'I've learned little things like being active and walking wherever possible helps in big ways, as does doing away with a printer and being an avid recycler'. 

'Achilles heel': The Playing For Keeps star pinpointed that her biggest 'killer' in creating emissions was air travel, before condemning those who speak out about climate change and also flaunt their overseas holidays

While The Playing For Keeps star still describes travel as her 'Achilles heel', she feels she has mitigated that damage by planting trees. 

'The nature of my work requires me to travel interstate. This isn't a justification, merely a fact,' she admitted. 

It comes after Madeleine admitted to crying when ordering meat at a butchery in Melbourne, for her family to enjoy on Boxing Day.

Guessing that she was vegan, the butcher had consoled the actress by saying that the animals killed had lived 'a happy life' and died 'swiftly and kindly'.   

 Busy! Madeleine revealed she has planted 46 trees so far, and plans to find homes for all 151 trees by the end of January 



17-01-2020 09:00, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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