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1. Roger Federer responds to climate change criticism from Greta Thunberg.
Tennis great Roger Federer has said he is “happy to be reminded” of his responsibilities in light of criticism he received from climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion came under fire from Thunberg last week when she criticised bank Credit Suisse – who has a sponsorship deal with Federer – for its record of loans to fossil fuel industries.
Federer was asked to “wake up” by Thunberg in a Twitter post, which began the trending Twitter hashtag #RogerWakeUpNow.
The 38-year-old, who is currently preparing for the Australian Open, issued a statement saying he had a “great deal of respect and admiration” for the youth climate movement inspired by Thunberg.
“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,” Federer said.
"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, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions.
"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, and I'm committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors."
The world no. 3 will join other top players including Serena Williams at charity event Rally for Relief in Melbourne next week, raising funds for fire-ravaged communities. The devastating bushfires have killed at least 28 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and decimated wildlife.