“First Grand Prix Underwater” T-shirt

The latest celebrity climate statement is a sartorial choice from one of the motor racing stars.

F1 star Sebastian Vettel wore a climate protest t-shirt in Miami on Thursday - Getty Images

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F1 star Sebastian Vettel wore a climate protest t-shirt in Miami on Thursday

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On Thursday, German Formula 1 star Sebastian Vettel was spotted wearing a t-shirt that read: “Miami 2060 – 1st Grand Prix Underwater – Act now or swim later.

The Miami Grand Prix takes place this weekend as part of the 2022 Formula 1 Grand Championship, the first time the race will take place.

The city of Miami is threatened by rising sea levels as the climate crisis melts the ice caps of Greenland and Antarctica. According to Nasa, sea levels will rise in South Florida between 0.3 meters (1ft) and 0.69 meters (2.3ft) by 2060, the date on Mr Vettel’s shirt .

According to a map via Climate Central, the Hard Rock Stadium, where the race takes place, would need around 1.6m (5ft) of sea level rise for part of the complex to be permanently flooded. . Under a scenario of high sea level rise, South Florida could reach that level by the 2080s, according to NASA.

Vettel highlights climate change at Miami GP

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In less severe scenarios, this level would take longer to reach. But even without total flooding, the stadium will be more prone to flooding as the ocean rises.

Higher water levels mean storm surges don’t need to push as high above normal to reach further inland – and most of the stadium complex is just a few meters above water.

Mr Vettel is a star driver for the Aston Martin F1 team. And the driver is no stranger to environmental causes – last year he warned that Formula 1 needed to become more sustainable to survive into the future.

In 2019, the racing league said it plans to have “net zero” carbon emissions by 2030 and said it was developing a “100% sustainable” fuel that emits at least 65% less gas. less greenhouse gas than regular gasoline. .

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