SINGER-songwriter James Blunt is to be sacrificed in a symbolic gesture of climate change solidarity at the end of this weekend's Live Earth spectacular.
Organisers believe an actual human sacrifice is the best way to raise awareness of the threats from global warming.
As he finishes what will be his last performance of You're Beautiful, Blunt will be tied-up and then placed on a large pile of sticks on the Wembley stage before being set alight by former vice-president Al Gore.
Simultaneously in Johannesburg Nelson Mandela will plant a symbolic row of brocolli to offset the carbon emissions from the smouldering pop star.
Event organiser Wayne Hayes said: "Live Earth is a wake-up call and what better way to shake people out of their complacency than by setting fire to James Blunt?
"There was a lot of debate over which performer should be sacrificed and there were some ferociously passionate advocates for the torching of Phil Collins.
"But when we actually looked at the list the name 'James Blunt' just popped right out."
The event, supported by Chevrolet, producer of gigantic, poisonous cars, starts on Saturday and is due to finish around 400 days later.
Organisers predict that Blunt will be one of many casualties as TV viewers throw themselves into the road rather than listen to Madonna talk about giraffes.