Model and actress Cara Delevingne hit out at the use of diesel engines at an event promoting “the world’s first electric raceboat championship” in Venice ahead of World Oceans Day.
Speaking at an event held by the organizers of the E1 championship, Delevigne said diesel engines were “one of the worst things for pollution” of rivers, lakes and oceans.
World Oceans Day falls on June 8. At the event on June 4, Delevingne met with E1 co-founder Alejandro Agag and boat designer Sophi Horne, with the latter giving the actress a close-up view of her RaceBird design that will race in the E1 series.
Footage featured here shows Delevigne speaking about Horne’s design as well as her upcoming role in season two of Only Murders in the Building, alongside Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez.
In additional footage from the event, Agag also speaks about the E1 Championship, which he said, “has a goal, a purpose”.
This is, he said, “to make our oceans, our rivers, our lakes cleaner, through technology. But not only that: also through action. We’re going to partner with Oceans 2050, the organization of Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau, to make contributions in different parts of the oceans of the world, with different programs."
“Our objective," he said, “is to make a positive contribution in different areas of the planet, in the oceans." Credit: AMPED via Storyful
ALEJANDRO AGAG: [INAUDIBLE]
CARA DELEVINGNE: Wow!
SOPHI HORNE: Yeah.
SOPHI HORNE: Hi.
CARA DELEVINGNE: Thank you. Thank you so much.
SOPHI HORNE: So this is [INAUDIBLE]
CARA DELEVINGNE: Wow! [INAUDIBLE]
Well, as it's World Ocean Day, I think the target on Alejandro's target is going to be reached, and I hope so. Well, because at the end of the day, diesel engines, they're one of the worst things for pollution, especially of the rivers, lakes, oceans in itself. So for me, anything that we can move towards an electric technology is one of the best things ever. And Alejandro is always able to bring a bit of fun to it. Because we've got to be able to have fun saving the world. This planet is one that we can be having so much fun on and be enjoyed.
And I think this is one of the ways where people can really be inspired by the technology that we can use, by the money that can be put into doing something to really change the Earth. So Alejandro, I'm here with you always, and happy World Oceans Day. Let's say the ocean.
RODI BASSO: The other two things I wanted to show you is also about boards. You see the [INAUDIBLE]
CARA DELEVINGNE: [INAUDIBLE]
Well, I think this is one of the best ways to do this. I think that's why E1 has such an incredible message because it's an entertainment industry, which should be at the forefront of inspiring people, especially policy the things that need to change. But everyone can make a little difference. It doesn't matter how big or small. Obviously, using plastic is very, very important. That's way too much plastic in the world. If you do eat meat, find out where it's coming from, to try and plant as many trees be a seed pollinator wherever you go.
I mean, there are just so many different things you could do, especially not buying into fast fashion, looking for brands who are doing things which are recyclable and reusable. We can all do something. But I think for me, just trying to follow my heart as much as possible, and do things which is trying to move forward, because we do not want to leave this planet for the future generations to clean up.
- And then a quick single wouldn't matter to us.
CARA DELEVINGNE: I think, I mean, I've worked with Selena a lot before. She actually gave me one of my first jobs when I was about 17 years old. She is a consummate professional. She's incredible at job. It's amazing to be able to watch her and be inspired by her as an actress, as a professional. But also just as a friend, it's so fun to be able to work with someone who you love and adore. And just yeah, I mean, we'll see what happens. There's a lot to come.
- Last year. I think they were nominated for a Golden Globe.
CARA DELEVINGNE: They were, yes.
- They weren't better this time around?
CARA DELEVINGNE: We'll see. I can't speak as to anything about that yet because I never want to jinx anything. But we'll see. I mean, just walking with Steve and Marty as well, it Was one of the most incredible experience of my life. And I mean, I wish I was still there honestly.
ALEJANDRO AGAG: Of course, the E1 series, the championship has a goal, a purpose, which is to make a contribution, to make our oceans our rivers our Lakes cleaner through technology. But not only that, also through action. We're going to partner with Oceans 2050 where the organization of Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau, to make a contribution in different parts of the oceans of the world with different programs, including maybe here even in the lake, in the laguna of Venice. Our objective is to make a positive contribution in different areas of the planet in the oceans.
RODI BASSO: Of course, we all have seen in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel wearing a shirt and spreading the alarm and the awareness of how delicate a city like Miami, which is another incredible city, is facing or could be facing very big challenges for the survival of the city and their citizens. Of course, given the trends, and giving how fast we have to look for solutions, there was very alarming, but in the meantime, it definitely made a big point.
Similarly, in Venice-- you know, yesterday, I was talking with the mayor. And I was particularly impressed by his use of the word delicate. Some people call the city of Venice a fragile city. But calling it fragile just shows the weakness of the city and doesn't leave to human beings the act and responsibility to do something about it. When you say delicate it's an invite to anyone who comes across Venice to pay attention, reduce the impact.
And this is what we want to do also as E1 series. Keep delivering very exciting sport events, entertainment at 360 degrees. But reducing as much as possible the impact of our presence, because we want to keep enjoying the waters, keep enjoying exciting sports like the E1 series. But in the meantime, we have to be responsible and respectful for delicate ecosystems like Venice represents at its best.
CARA DELEVINGNE: No, stop it.
RODI BASSO: Yes.
CARA DELEVINGNE: I know who that is. I know that face anywhere.
SOPHI HORNE: He didn't change that much.
CARA DELEVINGNE: At all.
SOPHI HORNE: The eyes--
Well, we try to push every boundary and every-- so you have the batteries, and then you have people coming in and say, well the batteries it's not actually-- is that good for the environment? But then we are recycling the batteries. And then we have the material on the boats. And also our recycling material. So we think about that in every detail that we do. So I do believe that we do our part to reach that target.
And then again, it doesn't matter if we do it, and then other people around us doesn't do it. We need to do it all together. But it's also very important that we believe and have our hopes, right? So to be honest enjoy and also embrace the change and the opportunities, and not to have fun with it. It's not a fun situation we're in. But try to embrace the situation we're in. And again, do it all together.