David Attenborough has beaten Greta Thunberg to be crowned the nation’s most inspirational “green” celebrity – closely followed by Prince William and Prince Charles.
The 95-year-old conservationist topped a list which included A-list stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who placed second on the list, was the youngest contender, at the tender age of 18.
The research also found several Royals placed within the top 10, including Prince William, Prince Charles and Kate Middleton.
But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t prove quite as popular for inspiring our great nation, placing in eighth and 25th respectively.
A spokesman for Utilita, the energy supplier behind the eco list, said: “David Attenborough has done so much for this planet.
“For decades he has been gracing our TV screens and educating the nation on the beautiful wildlife that surrounds us; he’s made a huge difference.
“But Mother Earth needs more of the same from us all – we all have an equal responsibility to take care of our planet.
“And it’s important to note that every little action makes a difference; they all add up.”
Elon Musk, founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla, placed at number 17 on the list, while eco-warrior and actor Leonardo DiCaprio came in seventh.
It also emerged three in four adults agreed it’s important for personalities to be kind to the planet, with 55 percent saying it’s because they need to set an example.
And 61 percent said public figures are equally as responsible as any other individual.
In fact, nearly a quarter of those polled are more likely to make a change to their habits and be more sustainable to replicate what a celebrity has done.
And one third have been inspired, at one time or another, to make a change in their life after witnessing the actions of a public figure.
The study, conducted via OnePoll.com, also found 71 percent believe it’s easier for celebrities to be sustainable because they have more money.
But 83 percent said personalities are also a huge contributor to the climate crisis, with 77 percent saying they could do more than they already are.
Despite agreeing that famous faces could do more, 49 percent of UK adults said they could be making more of a change themselves.
Only three in ten believe they are doing as much as they possibly can.
Unplugging unused electricals, turning down the temperature on a wash cycle, and fixing broken items instead of replacing them with new ones, are among the most common environmental actions Brits are making.
The spokesman for Utilita, the energy company created to help households use and waste less energy, added: “We are all equally responsible for looking after our planet and preventing further damage.
“It’s important to recognise that we all make a difference, whether it’s as seemingly small as turning the heating down by a degree, to something that requires bigger investment like installing solar panels on your roof, it all adds up.
“Celebrities are another powerful voice that can help pave the way for a greener future.”
The 30 most inspirational celebrities:
- David Attenborough
- Greta Thunberg
- Prince William
- Prince Charles
- Joanna Lumley
- Kate Middleton
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Prince Harry
- Dr. Jane Goodall
- Al Gore
- Jamie Oliver
- Stella McCartney
- Angelina Jolie
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Emma Watson
- The Hairy Bikers
- Elon Musk
- Cameron Diaz
- Deborah Meaden
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Drew Barrymore
- Daryl Hannah
- Lucy Watson
- Meghan Markle
- Rosario Dawson
- Jaden Smith
- Cate Blanchett
- Julia Roberts
- Zac Efron
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Original posted at www.walesonline.co.uk