Federer reacts to Thunberg criticism
Roger Federer has left the door open for a personal plea to his sponsor Credit Suisse after a public call to action from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The 20-tie Grand Slam winner said he realises his responsibilities and hinted that he would be speaking with his longtime bank sponsor about future investments in controversial fossil fuel projects
The teenaged Thunberg criticised Credit Suisse for loans to polluting, old-school fossil fuel industries.
Federer said in a statement as he prepares for Monday’s start of the Australian Open in Melbourne:
“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires.
“As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement.
“I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions.”
The Swiss concluded: “We owe it to them and ourselves to listen. I appreciate reminders of my responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur.
“I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”
Credit Swuss has been behind Federer for decades as gthe youngster made his breakthrough and rise to the top of tennis; it is a major marpter in his own personal charity which has distributed millions in aid for more than a decade to under-privileged children in Africa.
Federer will be part of Wednesday’s charity exhibition at Melbourne Park in aid of bushfire relief.
Credit Suisse has indicated it will no longer invest in coal-fired energy generation plants and will work bring more climate-friendly commercial projects online.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online