Canadian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel, wearing a helmet against “climate crimes”, is a hypocrite?

A forest and a beautiful blue sky ahead. A devastated landscape and a mining pipeline behind. To separate the two images, a message could not be more explicit: “Stop the exploitation of bituminous sands. Climate crime in CanadaThis weekend in Montreal, Sebastian Vettel once again led his fight for ecology by denouncing, thanks to a special helmet and a T-shirt, the destruction of forest land in Alberta, a province in western Canada. to exploit one of the largest oil reserves. in the world, with environmentally devastating methods.

It is a crime because we cut down a lot of trees and destroy the place to extract oilhas underlined the four-time world champion. The way to do it with oil sands is horrible for nature. And, of course, greenhouse gases have risen in Canada. […] Each individual has their own opinion. Mine is this. […] We live in a time when we know that such things should no longer be allowed. So I think we need to make people aware of what’s going on. “

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With just under 200,000 people on the circuit on Friday and Saturday – Vettel did not wear this helmet during Sunday’s race – and while F1 Canadians have been waiting for this Grand Prix for three years, the message had an impact significant. And, unsurprisingly, it makes the proponents of the project shudder.

Vettel is used to it

A racing driver, sponsored by Aston Martin, funded by Saudi Aramco, complains about tar sandsAlberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage responded on Twitter. Saudi Aramco […] has a reputation for being the biggest contributor to any company’s global carbon emissions since 1965. Instead of demonizing bituminous sands, which are on their way to carbon neutrality, people could try to reduce their own footprint. of carbon. Maybe a pedal car for Formula 1?“I boom, al conk.

I’ve seen a lot of hypocrisy over the years, but this is really the icing on the cake“The leader also wrote. The German is a regular. He had already been described as a hypocrite in Miami, after wearing a T-shirt with the message on it.”act now or swim later“(“act now or swim later“, but also on the set of the BBC last month, after talking about the need for renewable energy because “practice one of the most fuel consuming sports in the world“It simply came to our notice then.

It doesn’t matter, because his answer was the same every time. “Yes, I am a hypocritehe had replied, for example, to the BBC set, in front of an audience that had laughed a little at him once he was asked the question. You [son interlocutrice] and you [le public] you are right to laugh. ”

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A four-time world champion, the German has in fact considered retiring. For this reason and many others. “Driving in F1 is my passionadded. But when I get out of the car, I also wonder if traveling the world and consuming resources is something we really need to do.. ” Applause from the audience.

It’s not healthy … so what?

Is Vettel really a hypocrite, though? In other words, should you change your life or, even more extreme, reduce your carbon footprint to zero – which is totally impossible – to defend ecological values? The answer seems obvious. However, it is not for everyone.

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I am not a saint, but I am concerned about the future“He is also and above all in his place, as his fight for the environment would never have been so strong if he had decided to leave the helmet or, worse, if he had never been in Formula 1. The struggle for ecology goes through two things: awareness and action.

It is precisely because his T-shirts challenge top officials that Vettel’s actions inside the paddock are legitimate. Too bad those who prefer to question his sincerity, without acknowledging his speech in favor of a less energetic F1 calendar, or his time spent in the stands after the races to help volunteers collect waste.

There are things I can do betterhe assured. Do I have to fly to every Grand Prix? No, if I can get a car. But there are things that I control and others that I can’t control“Like the judgment of others:”I am disappointed that politicians are targeting my personal case. The important thing is not me. But the general situation. “

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