Miami will be gone in 50 years!

( – The climate crisis is increasingly determining life on our planet. Nevertheless, what is probably the biggest crisis of our time is falling behind in the media, given the war in Ukraine and the corona pandemic. Sebastian Vettel is someone who keeps reminding us of the effects of global warming.

With this T-shirt, Sebastian Vettel drew attention to the climate crisis


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The four-time world champion also tried to draw attention to the subject at the first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami. On Thursday, Vettel showed up in the paddock wearing a t-shirt warning that Miami could have an underwater Grand Prix in 2060 due to rising sea levels.

Vettel also references it with the design of his helmet in Miami. Asked by his colleagues from ‘Sky Germany’, he said: “I am surprised. We come here and the subject is not so present. It is a fact that temperatures are rising with the climate crisis. The pressure on the poles rises and the ice melts, and with it the sea level rises.”

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“And Miami already has problems with flooding when there are occasional storms. But if the sea level itself is rising, that’s a much bigger problem and if there’s an additional high tide , then it’s much more of a problem.”

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If you believe the science, then it’s clear “we won’t be here in 50 years,” Vettel continues with his earnest plea. “And it’s surprising when you see new buildings being built and it doesn’t sit so well in people’s minds. And that was the idea of ​​using a simple sign to show that things will be different here in the future.”

Due to its geographical location, Miami is one of the cities most affected by the climate crisis, but above all the suburb of Miami Beach. It is located directly on the Atlantic coast and only one meter above sea level. Rising sea levels are just as threatening to the region as the increasing number of hurricanes.

In the past 30 years alone, the South Florida metropolitan area has been hit by 14 hurricanes. These include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Irma in 2017, all three ranked among the five most powerful hurricanes in US history.

“Miami Beach is going to disappear”

Another characteristic of global warming: even if no more CO2 were emitted overnight, an effect would only become noticeable years later. “There’s this effect that follows,” says Vettel.

“It’s important to understand that it’s really serious that a lot of people are losing their homes here, and South Florida is going to be very, very different going forward. The Everglades are going to be gone, Miami Beach is going to be gone. People who have just lived at Live and Work in Miami are the first to be affected.”

Vettel continued: “It doesn’t look so optimistic anyway. But with all the pessimism, it’s important to stay optimistic and say, ‘Hey, we just have to do something.’ And if that’s the case in the future, that the landscape here will be different, then we have to adapt, then we have to relocate people and so on.”

The negative effects of the climate crisis are not limited to Miami – they affect all countries, including Germany. The flood disaster in the Ahr Valley in July 2021 is just the most recent example. “That’s why it’s an issue that concerns all of us as citizens of this world,” concludes Vettel.

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