Taking A Helicopter To A Climate Science Event. Are Eco-Celebrities That Disconnected And Oblivious?

Will.i.am and Dr. Myles Allen - weatherathome

“And it’s confusing that if you ask a random person on the street about climate change, then they’ve been given five different versions of why it’s not even an issue. So who is causing the confusion and why isn’t it even a priority?”
Will.i.am’s frustration over people not understanding climate change, Guardian

Maybe there just wasn’t a suitable runway nearby for a private plane but Will.i.am’s helicopter arrival at a climate event in the UK is getting more play than his meeting with Dr. Myles Allen. Dr. Allen met with Will.i.am to discuss the weatherathome project which uses the spare processing power and collected data from thousands of volunteered remote computers to make future weather pattern predictions. The Guardian reported that the meeting went well but they also had to question the helicopter.

In May 2010, we posted an article about eco-Hollywoodians and how they tell us about how to live ‘green’ in a “do as I say but not as I do” way. Not only is their message lost on regular people but the way they preach it borders on offensive. Will.i.am obviously didn’t think helicoptering into this meeting on climate change was that big of a deal or he wouldn’t have done it. But it’s kind of like cluelessly bringing a meat lovers pizza to a PETA event.

Now don’t get me wrong, celebrities like Will.i.am can make an appearance, or just tweet one, and have more of a positive effect on an issue than the average person. But for futures, please don’t point to our “confusion” when it comes to our understanding climate change when it was you that showed up in a helicopter. [Guardian]


The Dumbest Smart Guy In Germany Is Piloting e-volo’s Battery Powered Multicopter.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L75ESD9PBOw[/youtube]German company e-volo demonstrated their battery powered Multicopter by having one of its creators, Thomas Senkel, pilot it. The Multicopter is very Macgyverish and e-volo’s hopes it will become a battery/hybrid powered device anyone can purchase and that piloting it would be “as simple as a car.” Besides the music, the craziest part in the video is when Mr. Senkel puts on a helmet as his sole protection from the 16 spinning propellers. Obviously, having an open casket funeral is important to him. [Gizmag]