Oh the irony! The Voice judge Will.i.am turns up to climate change debate… in a huge gas-guzzling helicopter
09:28 GMT, 23 May 2012
He has been picked as an expert judge to help find the nation's next biggest superstar on hit TV show The Voice.
But when Will.i.am arrived at a climate change debate recently, he showed a shocking lack of judgement.
The 37-year-old Black Eyed Peas star arrived for the talk at Oxford University in his private helicopter.
Error: When pop star Will.i.am attended at a climate change debate recently, he arrived in his massive private helicopter
Debate: The singer spent about an hour with Myles Allen – a leading climate expert – at Oxford University, pictured, for the climate change talk
Seemingly oblivious to the furore that it might cause, the pop star even tweeted pictures of the 'hip.hop.copter' when he landed.
According to the Daily Star, he then spent about an hour with Myles Allen – a leading climate expert – before heading off to carry the Olympic torch in Taunton.
His trip from London was a total of 286 miles and used 71.5 gallons of fuel, ploughing three-quarters of a tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is the same as the average UK person produces in an entire month.
He landed his enormous green helicopter in Oxford's University Parks and travelled to meet Mr Allen at the Radcliffe Observatory weather centre on a much more environmentally-conscious bike.
Proud: The star was a guest at the talk at Oxford University. Seemingly oblivious to the furore that it might cause, the pop star even tweeted pictures of the 'hip.hop.copter' when he landed
Despite his highly polluting journey to the university, speaking at the talk, the star said: 'Climate change should be the thing that we are all worried and concerned about as humans on this planet, how we affect the planet, our consumption, and how we treat the place that we live in.'
But his transportation to the event did not escape the attention of those at the university – or physics professor Mr Allen.
He said: 'The irony didn’t escape everybody. But he’s committed to the issues and he’s written songs about it.'
He added that a better understanding of the problems is probably more important than whether he travelled in the helicopter.
The Voice judge turned up later as co-host at 'A Night Out With The Millennium Network,' at the Old Vic Tunnels. The event was laid on by The Clinton Foundation and The Reuben Foundation.
Busy schedule: will.i.am later attended
A Night out with the Millennium Network with VIP guests Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Black Eyed Peas bandmate Apl.de.Ap
President of The Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton, hosted the evening alongside Honorary Chair, daughter Chelsea Clinton and Honorary Ambassadors, Gwyneth Paltrow and will.
Will's environmental faux-pas comes just days after the American star carried the Olympic torch during a procession in Taunton, Somerset.
The 37-year-old, who has previously admitted to be obsessed with Twitter, kept his fans up-to-date by tweeting furiously throughout the run.
Will was the 109th runner to take part in the 70-day 8,000 mile torch relay and he certainly proved a crowd pleaser in the sleepy town.
Big honour: The musician appeared delighted at being given a spot to carry the Olympic torch in Taunton earlier this week
The musician found time to pose up with plenty of fans along his short route with the flame and posted several pictures to Twitter.
The Black Eyed Peas star, whose real name is William James Adams Jr, posted: 'Its nuts here in taurton…so much excitement…#runningthetorch.'
He also posted: 'Crazy energy in the UK.'
'#TWEETtheTORCH thank you coca.cola for this once in a life time experience to come to taunton and #runthetorch…'
When contacted about the helicopter journey, will.i.am's spokesman was unavailable for comment.