Leilani Münter

The girl racer on a carbon crusade

Photography (left): Chris McPherson/AUGUST/picturedesk.com

Model, Biologist and environmental activist – and ARCA-racer. A woman and her electric car against the injustice. Leilani Munter on her personal mission  

Red Bulletin Rebel Special - Meet the inspiring game changers doing things their own way - and saving the world. 

Leilani is featured in the “Rebel Yell” special in July’s The Red Bulletin Magazine.  

 

THE RED BULLETIN: How do motor racing and the protection of our environment work together?

LEILANI MUNTER: You can preach to the choir all you want. But you’re only making a big impact if you convince people who don’t agree with you. If I didn’t have a race car I could kiss goodbye to my ability to talk to 75 million people in the U.S.

How do you get the skeptics on board?

I don’t tell people that they are doing something wrong if they drive a Hummer or eat meat every day. I just show them what I’m doing. Look, I’ve got this sexy electric car that is charged using solar energy from panels on the roof of my house. Every morning it can go for 265 miles that costs me nothing. 

Away from the track Leilani Munter, 41, rides an electric Tesla Motors Model S. Here she talks about her mission

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“I offset the fuel I burn at the track”
Leilani Munter

But you still race using carbon fuel.

Yeah, so since 2007, I’ve adopted an acre of rainforest for every race I drive. It’s sort of just a symbolic way to offset my carbon footprint for the fuel I have to burn at the racetrack. 

Give us a ‘How to change the world – for dummies’. What are three steps everyone can take?

First, stop eating meat. Second, use renewable energy. Third, realise that with every dollar you spend you’re casting a vote for who survives and who doesn’t.

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07 2015 The Red Bulletin

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