Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
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Federer and Thunberg clash over climate change and sponsorship

Federer and Thunberg clash over climate change and sponsorship

Tennis nice Roger Federer issued a response on Saturday, January 11 amidst growing criticism, notably from teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, over his sponsorship cope with Credit score Suisse.

A group of climate activists faced court last week after refusing to pay fines related to a publicity stunt at multiple Credit Suisse branches in Switzerland a year ago.

It comes as 12 protesters faced court in Switzerland this week after refusing to pay their fine for playing tennis in a branch of Credit Suisse in 2018.

The tweet reads: "Since 2016 @CreditSuisse has offered $57 BILLION to firms wanting for new fossil gas deposits-one thing that's totally incompatible with #ClimateAction".

Federer added: "We owe it to them and ourselves to listen". "@RogerFederer do you endorse this?"

"I take the effects and threats of climate change very seriously, especially since my family and I arrive in Australia amid the destruction caused by the bush fires", the statement read. Roger, do you support them?'

It was a stunt meant to underscore the 38-year-old Federer's relationship with the Swiss financial giant, which is closely linked with the fossil-fuel industry.

"He has to prove that he is really serious about his statement and openly ask Credit Suisse to phase out fossil fuels - or take the consequences and end the advertising deal".

After being criticised for taking no stand on the climate crisis, tennis star Roger Federer on Sunday issued a response.

Days after the hashtag started trending, Federer, who's in Melbourne getting ready for the Australian Open, responded to the difficulty over the weekend by a press release. "I appreciate reminders of responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I'm committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors".

As far as concerns its, Credit Suisse has stated it is "trying to regulate its advance profiles into the goals of this Paris Agreement [to action atmosphere change] and has now at the time of belated reported when it comes to its globally environment system that it'll never ever once more placed sources into brand new coal-terminated power plants".

Federer will headline a fundraising exhibition at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday in aid of bushfire relief, alongside Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki. The statement could reduce mounting public pressure on Federer.

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