An Orgy of Consumerist Decadence?

By

FIA WRC
I’ve just read yet another amusing and interesting article on ITV-F1, relating to a protest march heading its way to the Magny Cours circuit in Nevers, France. Of course, this coincides with the French Grand Prix this weekend.

The 130 protestors – supported by Jose Bove, the guy who trashed a McDonalds in 1999, and led by Francois Schneider and his donkey – seem unhappy with the sport, saying it is only for the rich and spoiled brats of this world.

“The French Formula 1 Grand Prix is a paroxysm of pollution and the wasting of natural resources,” the organisation said on its website.
Taken from ITV-F1

The Federation Internationale de l´Automobile has arranged to offset 5,500 tonnes of carbon emitted annually by Formula One car racing by planting 30,000 trees in Chiapas, Mexico on lands inhabited by indigenous communities. This deal is a bargain at the price of 38,000 pounds per year. The project is backed by the Mexican government, and will be audited by a team from Edinburgh University.
Taken from Corporate Europe Observatory

Of course, I understand that Formula One is not a green sport, but Motorsports give out far less emissions than the millions of public highway users all over the world. Formula One really is a drop in the ocean, and I think protestors like these should be concentrating on more pressing and concerning matters as mentioned.
Its also worth pointing out (as I always like to), that F1 is pretty much violence free and considered a safe sport to watch. Unlike football, which can be quite different.

Just because there is no longer a French driver competing in Formula One doesn’t mean the rest of the world should stop enjoying it.