Tennis legend Roger Federer has hit-back at climate activist Greta Thunberg who called him out for his partnership with Swiss bank Credit Suisse.
Last month, a group of climate activists entered the Credit Suisse’s office in Switzerland to protest against the bank's investments in fossil fuels.
The activists played tennis inside their office in order to urg Federer to cut ties with the institution. The activist claim that the Credit Suisse bank has provided over $85 billion to companies searching for new fossil fuel deposits.
They had banners which read, "Credit Suisse is destroying the planet. Roger, do you support them?".
Their photo with the banner went viral on social media.
Since 2016 @CreditSuisse has provided $57 BILLION to companies looking for new fossil fuel deposits - something that is utterly incompatible with #ClimateAction @RogerFederer do you endorse this? #RogerWakeUpNow pic.twitter.com/ED1fIvb4Cr— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) January 8, 2020
Climate Activist Greta Thunberg retweeted the post asking Federer to “wake up now”.
The Swiss maestro recently hit back at the young climate activist.
Federer, before his charity exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in South Africa, talked to the media and doubled own on his stance, and argued his persona was being leveraged.
“I am sometimes misused for certain purposes," Federer told Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger.
"“When I help one person, I am criticised for not doing it with others. I have reached a point where I have to think carefully about what I am doing. But I also have to be able to overlook criticism. I can’t be everywhere, I can’t do everything. I am also a father and tennis player.”" - Roger Federer, Tennis Player
"I am aware that I can make a difference, take the microphone and address certain things. But I can't do that all the time,” he added.
The exhibition at Cape Town Stadium was to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports early childhood education in six southern African countries, including South Africa. The foundation was hoping to top $1 million from the exhibition. It raised $3.5 million.
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