Harrison Ford called 'a hypocrite' for owning private planes after UN climate speech

Ben Arnold
Contributor

Harrison Ford has found himself being accused of hypocrisy after delivering a speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York yesterday.

The actor addressed the issues of deforestation and now wildfires in the Amazon, and the urgency needed to address the problems.

“We've been talking about saving the Amazon for 30 years, and we're still talking about it,” Ford said.

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“The world's largest rainforest, the Amazon is crucial to any climate change solution for its capacity to sequester carbon, for its biodiversity, for its fresh water, for the air we breathe, for our morality. And it is on fire.

Harrison Ford arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/Files

“When a room in your house is on fire, you don't say, 'There is a fire in a room in my house.' You say, 'My house is on fire,' and we only have one house.

"There is a new form of nature at hand, stirring all over the wold. They are the young people who, frankly, we have failed — who are angry, who are organized, who are capable of making a difference.

“They are a moral army. And the most important thing that we can do for them is to get the hell out of their way.”

©2010 RAMEY PHOTO LOS ANGELES 7/19/10 HARRISON FORD AT SANTA MONICA AIRPORT ON A PLANE. PR (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)

But it wasn't long before critics were rounding on him, mainly focussing on the actor's decades-long love of aviation.

Said one: “Harrison Ford has an aviation hobby and he owns airplanes. Ford’s carbon footprint is multiples of the average person’s carbon foot print around the world. What would the world look like if everyone lived Ford’s lifestyle?”

Many others chimed in too.

An article in the Daily Mail from 2015 tallied up eight planes in his fleet, including an $18 million Cessna private jet, along with a helicopter, several motorbikes and dozens of classic cars.

Actor Harrison Ford visits Denver and gives some kids an airplane ride from Centennial Airport. (Photo By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Another interview from 2010 quoted him as saying: "All of my planes are great to fly, and that's why I've got so many of them…I'm so passionate about flying I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger."

He famously crash landed in his two-seater PT- 22 on a golf course after running into engine troubles in 2015, sustaining minor injuries.