Australian football team rejects calls to end energy company sponsorship amid climate change criticism

The president of Western Australian football team Fremantle Dockers says it has no plans to end its sponsorship deal with Woodside Energy despite pressure to cut ties with the oil and gas giant. says.

The comment comes after an open letter signed by the six advocates for climate action received widespread media coverage.

Those who signed the letter included former Western Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence, author Tim Winton, former Fremantle player Dale Kickett, former football manager Gerald McNeil, former Woodside climate adviser Alex Hillman, science Includes Bill Hair.

The letter notes that Woodside pushed ahead with the Scarborough Gas development, “doubled its fossil fuels” last year, purchased BHP’s oil and gas assets, and “became one of the top 10 fossil fuel companies in the world.” criticized.

The authors argue that Woodside should not be allowed to use Dockers’ “good name” to “enhance its reputation at a time when its core activity clearly threatens the planet.” did.

“As members and supporters, we are speaking out because we don’t think it’s fair for these young men and women to run with fossil fuel company logos on their jumpers. ”

Fremantle “cannot disconnect” from mining sponsorship.

The partnership between Fremantle and Woodside began in 201,0 with the Woodside logo displayed on the island of Guernsey in Fremantle as part of the deal.

However, Fremantle president Dale Alcock said he would not abandon the multi-million dollar contract until the end of the 2023 season when the sponsorship deal expires.

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Fremantle Dockers AFL President Dale Alcock speaks to media during a press conference announcing the dismissal of head coach Ross Lyon during a press conference held at the Fremantle Derby Club Lecture Theater on August 20, 201,9 in Perth, Australia is talking to (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Alcock acknowledged that “climate change and sustainability are important social issues” but emphasized that sport needs corporate support and sponsorship.

“The issue is complicated — it’s an important one — but it’s complicated,” he said. told 6PR.

“In Western Australia, there are not many (companies) headquartered in Perth. Most of the companies in Western Australia are resource related.

“Clearly half of Western Australia’s economy is resource-related. There is also

“It’s an inseparable thing in Western Australia.”

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Tourists (R) photograph the gas production area of ​​the North West Shelf gas venture operated by Woodside near Karratha in northern Western Australia on 16th June 2008. (Getty Images photo by GREG WOOD/AFP)

“I am proud to be part of the diverse community in which we work,” Woodside said in a statement.

“Our sponsorship of the Dockers extends beyond our on-field sponsorship and upholds our shared values ​​and commitment to positive contributions by both organizations, including through Woodside’s role as an Indigenous Peoples program partner. It extends to areas where we are doing business,” the spokesperson said.

Cricket Australia captain Pat Cummins has denied he pressured Cricket Australia to terminate his $40 million deal with Alinta Energy citing climate.

Cash-strapped Netball Australia also recently delayed the rollout of new jerseys featuring the logo of mining giant Hancock Prospecting Plc. criticized Hart.

An environment in much healthier conditions than what the media portrays

The decision to consider the deal follows California-based ecomodernist Michael Schellenberger, who believes the state of the environment today is in much better shape than portrayed by climate change advocates and the media. It was done after allegations.

He told the CPAC audience in Australia: Great His Barrier His reef had the most coral in 36 years. At the same time, the area of ​​land burned by forest fires has decreased by 25% globally since 2003. This is the size of the state of Texas.

He also notes that global emissions have fallen slightly over the past decade, with a 22% decline in the United States between 2005 and 2020, due to the shift from coal to natural gas, and this information is He added that it was underreported.

“Death rates from natural disasters have plummeted, and the world has four times as many people as it did 100 years ago. In the United States, deaths have dropped by about 90%,” he said.

“305,100 people die each year in natural disasters. More people die walking from bed to toilet than in natural disasters.”

China is currently the world’s largest emitter of CO2 in terms of both production and consumption, and has no stringent environmental standards for coal-fired power plants, coal mining, and blast furnaces that produce steel.

Daniel Y. Teng contributed to this report.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected]