This article was translated by John R. Bopp
We hope our readers will forgive such a “special” headline, but the fact that two different stories were published on the same day on the fight against climate change in which Basques were the protagonists seemed noteworthy to us, and we weren’t quite sure how to bring them together.
Now we’ve written about Madonna’s passion for the Basques (or some of them, anyway) that led her to bring the group Kalakan with her on her world tour. That same passion seems to also be in their friendship with Basque model Jon Kortajarena, about whom we spoke a while back.
Today, we found a new story on the website of Panamanian TV broadcaster Telemetro about a “show” Jon Kortajarena put on with Madonna at a charity event organized by Leonardo DiCaprio in Saint Tropez to raise funds for and awareness about the need to protect the planet and reverse the effects of climate change.
We put the word show in quotes because the Basque model’s dance moves were, so we thought, the kind that one would expect to find in “bar dancers”, though we have to admit he is definitely making an effort, and does it with his style. And hey, at least this means that we have one thing in common with a model: we can’t dance, either!
But, as we were saying, there were two articles about Basques fighting climate change. The second article comes to us from the Twitter feed of The Climate Group, which we’ve spoken about before. They spoke of the effort the Basque Autonomous Community is making to reduce emissions. The information is clear and illuminating:
“The Basque Country has reduced their emissions by 25% since 2005, while growing the economy 69%”
— The Climate Group (@ClimateGroup) 27 de julio de 2017
We’ll leave you with the report about Jon Kortejarena’s dancing with Madonna, which got all this entry started.
Telemetro – 27/7/2017 – Panamá
Jon Kortajarena vuelve a bailar con Madonna
Además de recaudar fondos y sensibilizar a la opinión pública sobre la necesidad de proteger el planeta y revertir los terribles efectos del cambio climático, la gala benéfica que organizó el oscarizado Leonardo DiCaprio en Saint Tropez (Francia) sirvió para que un sinfín de celebridades de toda clase y condición pudieran disfrutar una vez más del poderío que exhibe la cantante Madonna sobre un escenario.