Role Models both positive and negative popped up in the press every day of 2009. This is a list of the ones that stick in the Memory... may the good ones have a prosperous 2010.
2009 Climate Heroes – A broad range from those that talk the talk to them that walk aswell.
Richard Briers argued that the “Good Life” isn’t building a new runway at Heathrow. He reprises his role as Tom Goode and plants fruit and veg on proposed runway site.
Michelle Obama started growing vegetables in the White House and selling them locally.
Captain Kirk spoke out about HP’s use of toxic materials. Boldly supporting Green Peace.
Gary Numan told people to leave their cars at home on behalf of the Scottish Government.
President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives repeatedly spoke out and in different creative ways communicated the impacts of Climate Change on the Maldives - like holding a cabinet meeting underwater.
Justin Timberlake bought some land in Japan to stop it being developed and then opened a “green” golf course.
The Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool gave up carbon for Lent, started driving a hybrid and had solar panels fitted to his house.
Dame Ellen MacArthur gave up sailing to campaign on climate change.
Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet got serious about cycling.
Sister Julian and her fellow Nuns from the Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation moved into the “world's first environmentally friendly nunnery”.
2009 Climate Villains – they can be the pantomime type or plain unfunny.
Uri Gellar is rumored to be using his powers to prospect for the oil companies.
James Martin the celebrity chef writes about running cyclists off the road in his Mail on Sunday column:
"Knowing they wouldn't hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, and then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.
The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I've ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me."
Donald Trump succeeded in pushing through his plans for an “ungreen” golf course.
Noel Gallagher rejects Chris Martins environmental overtures.
UKIP's Yorkshire MEP Godfrey Bloom blogs about climate change and gives repeated glimpses into the mind of a skeptic:
“People don’t quite understand this yet, but once all of the planned policies are in place, people who have gone to bed the night before in what they understood to be a liberal democracy will wake up in something resembling Soviet Russia. There will be shortages of expensive, low quality of food. It will be cold. There will be power cuts. You will not be allowed to travel as you wish. Jobs –if they still exist – will be make-work employment that is dull, pointless, and increasingly labour-intensive. And that's if we're lucky. At least Soviet Russia attempted to be an industrial. We might end up with something far more medieval.
If you don’t like these policies, tough luck, because none of the parties is offering you the choice. You will be green, whether you like it or not.”
Sarah Palin further cemented her polar bear killing reputation when she said “The president should boycott Copenhagen”
Geoff Hoon pushed through plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
Michael Portillo, David Davies and Lord Lamont (A Trio of Carbon Tories) all three passed their career peaks, found press coverage in 2009 by making high-flown defenses of their respective skeptical positions on Climate Change.
Václav Klaus became arguably Europe's most high-profile climate denier.