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Formula One Finally Decides To Become Carbon Neutral By 2030, But Is It Too Late?

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Ever since Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton shared his “worries” about how human beings were on the verge of extinction, a lot of criticism came towards the athlete's way because of the profession he is in. 

i am lewis hamilton, lewis hamilton is me pic.twitter.com/PTOqMM3aEu

— ðððð (@lovelyleclerc) October 15, 2019

While Hamilton talked about how important it is to turn vegan and live a life with zero carbon footprint, his critics called him out for all the carbon dioxide that comes from the super-fast cars, that he and numerous others use throughout the year while racing around in circles to win some money and shiny silver trophies. 

A single formula 1 car emits 17 tons of carbon dioxide a year. So F1 is dull and bad for the planet too!

— Jonathan Baldwin â (@jbaldwin) April 1, 2009

Well, Formula One as a whole has finally decided to listen to their environment-friendly fans and have officially announced a plan to go 100 percent carbon neutral by the year 2030.

The sport is a lot more dangerous to our Ozone than we think. It is not just the cars that emit an enormous amount of CO2, but also some of the other aspects such as travelling and establishing brand-specific centers at the location of these races turn out to be equally damaging. 

Even before the F1 cars turn on their fuel guzzling engines, the teams spend over seven million gallons of jet fuel in one season which leads to carbon dioxide emission worth 147 million pounds!

Formula One Finally Decides To Become Carbon Neutral By 2030© Reuters

Considering the fact that the league hopes to make all their carbon-reduction projects sustainable by 2025 and invent the first ever “net-zero carbon hybrid internal combustion engine” around the same time, it feels like a good step but have we run out of time to make such amendments? 

According to a NASA report, human beings have made such an adverse impact on the environment that global warming will continue at the rate of 6 °C (10.8 °F) on average for decades if not centuries even if we completely stop emitting greenhouse gases. 

So even if an organisation like Formula One, which is one of the major contributors of CO2 emissions, becomes successful in curbing the adversities following the tracks of their six-time world champion in Hamilton, how big of a difference would that make? Negligible at best? 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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