Black Eyed Peas rapper Will-i-am attended a recent talk about climate change at Oxford University before taking off to carry the Olympic torch that same day. His mode of transportation: a private, luxury "hip.hop.copter."
On May 21, the American musician, who is also a coach on the British version of the singing competition television show "The Voice," tweeted pictures of his helicopter as he was leaving Oxford and headed to Taunton, where he would help carry a leg of the Olympic torch.
Energy Live News reports while in Oxford Will-i-am, who was "an ambassador" for the computer company Intel, met with climate expert Miles Allen and reportedly said:
“Climate change is confusing. It should be the thing that we all should be 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… Who is causing the confusion and why isn’t it a priority?”
Energy Live News also points out Will-i-am, although he arrived via air, met up with Allen on a bicycle.
According to Gigawize, it is estimated the helicopter guzzled about 71.5 gallons of gasoline on its trip from London to Oxford, which would have emitted three-quarters of a ton of carbon dioxide. Gigawize reports Will-i-am saying to students at the university:
“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. ”
Google Maps shows a car ride from London to Oxford University is about a 56 miles, which would take a little over an hour to drive. Directions from Oxford to Taunton is about 124 miles and would take around 2 hours and 24 minutes in a car.
[H/T Daily Mail]