Some rumours about Cate buying a property and I just post it because it has to do with the stir around the carbon campaign!
Cate Blanchett buys land in Vanuatu
Actress is yet to build on acreage
Island nation hard hit by global warming
For Cate Blanchett, climate change is an issue that is very close to home – literally.
The movie star-turned-eco warrior is believed to have recently bought a plot of land in Vanuatu, one of the countries hardest hit by global warming.
Rising sea levels caused the evacuation of an entire village in the Pacific island nation in 2005, the first time climate change is known to have displaced an entire community.
Blanchett is thought to have bought some waterfront property in or around the luxury area of Havannah Harbour during a visit last year.
The Daily Telegraph understands she is yet to build on the property.
A source at the luxury resort The Havannah – whose exclusive restaurant Blanchett was recently turned away from because it had a no-children policy – said the star visited last year and was looking at properties in Undine Bay and Takara.
Other sources said she bought property around Havannah Harbour, where the property market for international celebrities and other jetsetters is booming.
A typical piece of beachfront property can go for $700,000. Smaller land packages of up to a hectare might be $200,000.
The Vanuatu travel and luxury magazine Pacifique breathlessly opined: “Cate Blanchett’s purchase in Havannah Harbour has everyone rethinking this tropical paradise.”
However it may not be paradise for long.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says sea levels could rise by as much as 59cm by 2100 in Vanuatu, which would obliterate a fair chunk of beachfront property.
Professor Barry Brook, from the University of Adelaide, has calculated sea levels at Vanuatu are rising 2.5mm every year.
But the locals don’t seem particularly fazed by this and say Blanchett’s property ought to be safe from being swallowed up.
“We’re not low-lying enough to worry about that,” one local said. “All we have to worry about is the strong Australian dollar.”
Blanchett has been criticised for being the face of a campaign urging Australians to “say yes” to the new carbon tax. However the 42-year-old mother of three says her fame and fortune should not preclude her from speaking out.
“Ms Blanchett is committed to supporting action on climate change because she believes it is the right thing to do for her children, and for the next generation,” a spokesperson said.