F1 Star Lewis Hamilton Cleaned Up a Beach and Now Wants Everyone to Stop Using Plastic
“We couldn’t stand by, we had to do something.”
British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has joined the global effort against plastic waste — by sharing videos of himself on social media cleaning up a beach.
The four-time world champion was on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos, when he and his group stumbled across a cove completely full of plastic waste and litter.
They reportedly spent two hours cleaning up the debris piled up on the beach, which Hamilton branded “disgusting.”
“I’m in just one of so many beautiful parts of the world today when we stumbled across this mess,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “We couldn’t stand by, we had to do something.”
I’m in just one of so many beautiful parts of the world today when we stumbled across this mess. We couldn’t stand by, we had to do something. We all need to act, we must stop supporting companies that are blindly fixated on their profits at the expense of our beautiful planet and its environment. Please don’t buy plastic. Please always recycle, we can all make a huge difference through the actions that we take every single day! 🙏🏾 tag 3 friends so we can get this message out there #environment #change @chloegreen5 @jmeeksofficial
“We all need to act, we must stop supporting companies that are blindly fixated on their profits at the expense of our beautiful planet and its environment,” he added. “Please don’t buy plastic. Please always recycle, we can all make a huge difference through the actions that we take every single day.”
In an Instagram video shared on Tuesday afternoon — which has already been viewed more than 440,000 times — he urged his followers to “think, think about it” as he called on the public to stop buying plastic and polystyrene.
He later shared images of himself on his Instagram story surrounded by bin bags full of plastic waste.
Hamilton’s efforts have attracted a lot of attention on social media, with many praising him for helping raise awareness of an important issue.
Environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, for example, tweeted: “Yes Lewis Hamilton! Thank you for shining a global light on plastic pollution. It will take a huge team effort to solve such a huge issue, but we’re optimistic that one day we’ll see plastic-free coastlines.”
Surfers Against Sewage is also behind the successful campaign calling on UK parliament to go plastic-free.
Yes @LewisHamilton! Thank you for shining a global light on #plasticpollution. It will take a huge team effort to solve such a huge issue, but we're optimistic that one day we'll see #PlasticFreeCoastlines! Get involved here: https://t.co/RFjhvEUHSI— SurfersAgainstSewage (@sascampaigns) August 7, 2018
We're with you @LewisHamilton!— Less Plastic (@LessPlasticUK) August 7, 2018
We can ALL make a huge difference to #plasticpollution by not buying it & not supporting companies who use excessive plastic.
Businesses also need to take responsibility NOW, clean up their act & eliminate single-use plastic today!#PassOnPlastichttps://t.co/TCdT0NWsjT
Others, meanwhile, have pointed to the environmental impact of F1 — including one Twitter user who called on the motorsport to ban disposable plastic water bottles at races, and eliminate plastic bags.
Hey @F1 how about starting with banning disposable plastic water bottles at races including in the driver's room? Install bottle refilling stations instead please.— Lisa H (@allhankynopanky) August 7, 2018
Next: eliminat plastic bags and swag in the promo and souvenirs dept.
Thanks for stepping up to save the planet.
Hamilton’s beach clean-up is just a small part of a massive global effort against plastic waste, largely sparked by broadcaster David Attenborough’s 2017 documentary Blue Planet II, which explored the impact we’re having on the marine environment.
The tidal wave of anti-plastic actions has seen nationwide bans on plastic bags; voluntary plastic bans from major retailers, supermarkets, and restaurants including McDonald’s and Starbucks, among others; and a growing movement among members of the public to cut single-use plastics out of their lives.