Published on September 15th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Lewis Hamilton Was In Malaysia, But Not To Visit Sepang

Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was in Malaysia but not to visit Sepang.

As the excitement builds for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton took some time away from the track to engage in a meaningful environmental endeavor. He recently made a visit to a Mangrove Plantation Project located on Tanjung Surat in Malaysia. This initiative was funded by Petronas, the Title and Technical Partner of the Formula 1 team Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia posing with fans

During his visit, Lewis Hamilton had the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of this groundbreaking project and connect with the local community. The highlight of his visit was witnessing the planting of the 30,000th mangrove tree, a significant milestone that showcases the remarkable progress achieved by the project.

The Petronas Mangrove Plantation Project, inaugurated in 2021, has multifaceted objectives that align with global environmental conservation efforts. Its primary goals include enriching local biodiversity through reforestation, actively contributing to carbon sequestration, and creating opportunities for the nearby community.

The Mangroves and Their Environmental Impact

The heart of this project lies in the 30,000 mangrove trees that have been planted, a collaborative effort involving the local community and volunteers from the nearby Petronas Integrated Complex (PIC). These mangroves are more than just trees; they are ecological warriors with the potential to capture approximately 42 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Beyond their critical role in carbon sequestration, these mangroves play a pivotal role in safeguarding the local ecosystem from natural hazards. Coastal erosion and flooding from storm surges pose significant threats to this region. However, the growth of these mangroves acts as a natural buffer, helping to protect the area and its inhabitants from the destructive forces of nature.

Lewis Hamilton’s Perspective

Lewis Hamilton, known not only for his excellence on the Formula 1 circuit but also for his advocacy for environmental causes, shared his thoughts on his visit. He stated, “It was an honor for me to witness the planting of the 30,000th tree today and to witness the incredible work being undertaken here to support our planet. Seeing firsthand how Petronas collaborates with the local community and volunteers is hugely inspirational. The project here doesn’t just benefit the local community; it also makes a substantial contribution to the wider environment.”

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