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Lewis Hamilton Promotes Plant-Based Diet To 14 Million Followers Amid Australia’s Fires

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Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has promoted a plant-based diet to his 14 million Instagram followers, as Australia continues to suffer from ‘catastrophic’ bushfires.

The pro racer, who regularly uses his platform to advocate for veganism, posted a series of stories highlighting how animal agriculture impacts the environment.

‘Reduce your impact’

“Grazing livestock is responsible for 54 percent of Australia’s land use. Urban usage is less than 0.18 percent. Eight percent is conservation,” read one of Hamilton’s posts – sourced from the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Another post, citing an Oxford University study, said: ” A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use. It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”

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It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault. My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction. I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is. Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing. I implore you to join me in thinking about the impact we are having on our planet. Let’s work together to make small changes, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so we can help shift the direction we’re going in. I’m donating $500K to support @wireswildliferescue @wwf_australia and the Rural Fire Services. If you are able and haven’t already, you can donate too. Every little helps. Animals: @wireswildliferescue @wwf_australia Rural Fire Services: @nswrfs @cfavic @rfbaq @dfes_wa @cfsfoundation #TasmanianFireService #PrayingForAustralia

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‘1 billion animals feared dead’

Hamilton, along with a plethora of celebrities including Elton John and Pink, has donated to charity to help tackle the fires – where more than one billion animals are now feared dead.

The fires have also destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and burned more than 30,000 square miles, across the states of New South Wales and Victoria – killing an estimated 27 people.

Disaster relief

A fundraiser for fire services in NWS raised more than A$20 million in 48 hours to help tackle the fire. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called up 3,000 reserve troops.

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Liam Gilliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.

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