In an emotional post on Instagram, Lewis Hamilton expressed sadness over the state of the world, saying “I feel like giving up on everything”.
The five-time Formula 1 Champion has become an outspoken environmentalist in recent years as he has not only gone vegan, but also sold his private jet in a bid to go greener.
And he took to social media on Tuesday to once again voice his concern for the planet, saying the “world is a messed up place”, urging people to go vegan.
In the lengthy Instagram Story, he wrote: “Hey world. I hope everyone’s enjoying their day.
“I’m sad right now with the thought of where this world is going. Extinction of our race is becoming more and more likely as we over use our resources.
“The world is a messed up place.
“World leaders either uneducated or don’t care about the environment at all.
“Agricultural farming is the largest pollutant we currently have by over 50 per cent, far more than our travel industry combined.
“I’m sad to see so many people, even close friends ignore what is happening daily.
“Education is key and we were taught that eating animal products was good for us but we’ve been lied to for 100s of years.
“Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything. Shut down completely.
“Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care.
“I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts.
“Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world.”
He added: “It’s taken me 32 years to understand the impact I am having on the world and I’m figuring out daily what I can do to play a better part.
“I want my life to mean something and honestly up until now my life’s had no meaning. Being a part of the issue is not meaningful.
“Being part of the solution is and I’m striving to do better.
“I urge you, to do some research, find the compassion I know you have within you to recognise what you are contributing to in terms of what you eat which keeps the meat and dairy industry flourishing and therefore deforestation, animal cruelty, our seas and climate decaying on a daily basis.
“Go vegan, it is the only way to truly save our planet today. It can be done so quickly, all you have to do is put your mind to it.”