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Poll: Most Effective Climate Celebrity

In today’s eco-conscious quiz show on LinkedIn, we cast our votes on who wears the crown of “Most Effective Climate Celebrity.” It’s like the Oscars, but greener, and the statuette is probably compostable.

Poll results

Bill Gates 60%
Leonardo DiCaprio 17%
Larry Fink 7%
Greta Thunberg 17%

And the green carpet favorite? Bill Gates, with a whopping 60% of the vote, proving that when it comes to climate change, we love our tech moguls as much as our movie stars and activist heroes. My ballot? Ticked for Gates as well, because who doesn’t love a good pivot from software to solar panels?

Now, let’s widen the lens beyond our poll’s luminaries to spotlight a few more of the planet’s protectors. Besides the mentioned eco-warriors, we have figures like Jane Goodall, whose devotion to wildlife conservation has inspired generations. Then there’s David Attenborough, whose voice has become synonymous with nature documentaries that tug at our heartstrings and our conscience. And we mustn’t overlook Vanessa Nakate, a powerhouse climate activist from Uganda who’s shining a spotlight on the global south’s climate struggles.

But here’s the million-dollar question (or should we say, the million-tonne CO2 question)

Do these climate celebrities actually move the needle on climate action, or is it all just a bit of sunshine and rainbows for the cameras?

Peeling back the layers, it’s clear that while fame can shine a spotlight on the issue, the real measure of impact lies in action—both on and off the stage. Bill Gates, for example, isn’t just talking the talk; he’s investing billions in clean energy and climate innovation. Leonardo DiCaprio, aside from playing unsinkable characters, sinks substantial support into environmental causes through his foundation.

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Yet, for every celebrity planting trees or championing renewable energy, the cynic might wonder: Is it enough? Can their actions inspire systemic change, or are we merely applauding a well-curated performance?

The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle. Yes, celebrities bring invaluable attention to the climate crisis, making it mainstream and mobilizing resources that might otherwise sit idle. However, the heavy lifting of climate action falls on all of us—every individual, business, and government.

In the end,

While celebrities can act as beacons of awareness, the journey to a more sustainable planet is a group expedition, not a solo trek. It’s about collective action, spurred by inspiration, yes, but powered by the everyday choices and commitments of people around the globe. So, let’s roll up our sleeves (or our red-carpet gowns) and get to work—because when it comes to saving the planet, we’re all in the starring role.

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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