DAVID BECKHAM has come under fire for taking dozens of first-class flights while also campaigning for the environment.
The former England football captain, who has worked with the World Wildlife Fund and was at the premiere of climate change documentary Our Planet, took 30 long-haul trips last year.
They included seven flights between Miami and Britain and two to Beijing from the UK, plus trips to South Africa, Jakarta in Indonesia and California.
First-class seats take up three times more space than economy, and Becks’ travels will have been responsible for 80,000kg of CO2, according to a Sun on Sunday investigation. If he had flown economy, it would have been 20,120kg.
Beckham, 44, isn’t the only one whose green credentials have come under the spotlight. Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 29 — creator of a sustainable clothes range with Fairtrade fashion company People Tree — is also thought to have repeatedly travelled first-class on transatlantic trips in 2018.
And earlier this month, Dame Emma Thompson, 60, was branded a ‘first-class hypocrite’ for jetting first-class to New York days after backing climate protests that brought chaos to London.
Climate change expert Prof Kevin Anderson, of Manchester university, urged celebrities to reduce their carbon footprints. He said: ‘They have got to lead by example.’
A spokeswoman for Watson said she ‘pays to offset her air travel carbon emissions with Climatecare.org’. Beckham’s spokesman did not comment.