Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

Lewis Hamilton and the unbearable climate change hypocrites

By now we’re all used to being lectured by woke hypocritical celebs. But Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that we all turn vegan in order to save the planet takes the biscuit. This is a man who zooms around a track in gas-guzzling speed-machines for a living and he wants the rest of us to eke out an existence on kale and nuts in order to shrink humanity’s carbon footprint? The gall is off the charts.

In an Instagram post, Hamilton said adopting a vegan diet is the ‘only way to truly save our planet’. He posted a heartfelt message saying the meat and dairy industries are leading to ‘deforestation, animal cruelty [and] our seas and climate decaying on a daily basis’. Whether he then went for a carbon-spewing spin in one of his ‘incredibly expensive cars’ is unknown.

I mean, seriously. Formula One is known for its insane wealth and decadence and the copious amounts of fuel it burns. Sure, its cars have become more fuel-efficient in recent years and F1 bosses gab about the need to be eco-friendly. But this is undeniably a sport built entirely on the exploitation of fossil fuels to the end of thrilling big audiences who love fast cars.

And that’s fine. Using natural resources to create vast sporting spectacles is okay with me. I just don’t want these people then to turn around and tell the rest of us to give up steak and tuck into quinoa. It’s like a king telling a pauper to tighten his belt.

Of course, in the increasingly irritating world of woke hectoring we’ve already had that scenario. Who can forget when Prince Harry gave a barefoot talk at a Google climate change summit in Sicily which he reportedly reached by private jet and helicopter?

That event was a veritable carnival of woke hypocrisy. The Italian press says 114 jets flew in for it.

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