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Worried about the planet? Fear not, the Clooneys and Coldplay are on it

How many celebs does it take to fix global warming? Just check out Google's ludicrous VIP climate-change party

Guy Kelly

Think of it like a real-life Jason and the Argonauts; an earthly Avengers Assemble; the greatest meeting of minds, skills and superpowers our planet might ever have seen.

Last week, at a resort on the sun-drenched southwest coast of Sicily, Google convened some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers for its annual three-day, top-secret summer symposium of ideas. On the agenda were the most pressing issues facing humanity: “Online privacy, politics, human rights,” one source revealed, “and of course, the environment.” The itinerary included a welcome dinner overseen by Indian celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia at Selinunte Archaeological Park, at which guests were entertained by Coldplay. Later, speeches were reportedly given by Naomi Campbell and the Duke of Sussex, the latter of which was conducted “barefoot”.

The great and good came from far and wide: well, actually most of them came from California. They travelled by any means necessary, too, though principally by private jet or superyacht, because that was probably easiest. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg were reportedly in attendance alongside Google executives; billionaire philanthropists such as Bill Gates and David Geffen; Christine Lagarde, about to become president of the European Central Bank; and no fewer than 200 celebrities. The ambassador for the rich and famous, George Clooney, was among them. So were Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio, both Clooneys-in-waiting. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom stopped by. Harry Styles came with Diane von Furstenberg, and even Tom Cruise popped in – but he’s never one to miss a secretive gathering of people with great teeth...

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