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Climate change sceptics are brought up short: skiers read the riot act to officials. © www.maxpixel.net

While the youth are organising school strikes in favour of climate protection, the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) has expressed doubts about global warming. In an interview with the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, 75-year old Gian Franco Kasper from Switzerland tells us: “There is no proof of it. We have snow, lots of it in some places.” Olympic champion Michelle Gisin, 25, has responded on Instagram with a series of images from her ski training in the Swiss resort of Saas-Fe that clearly shows how the glaciers are shrinking: “If persons in such a powerful position with so much influence deny what is happening we will not live a future where our children will be able to go skiing and fall in love with winter and the wonderful nature we have.” Other top skiers such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Tina Weirather and Daniel Yule have added approving comments to Gisin’s posting. Presumably Peter Schröcksnadel, 77-year-old president of the Austrian Ski Federation, remains unimpressed. At a panel discussion in Kitzbühel, Austria, he said of climate change: “I don’t like anyone trying to make a fool of me, and that includes the climate world.” The lack of snow in ski areas under 1,000 metres is nonsense, he claimed: “These are simply natural fluctuations.” It’s down to the coming generation to step up to the plate!

 

Links and further information:

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/ski-wm/In-Diktaturen-ist-es-fuer-uns-einfacher/story/26126306 (de),

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/ski-wm/Was-hat-Kasper-wirklich-gesagt-Die-Audiofiles-seiner-Aussagen/story/27765789 (de),

https://www.sportnews.bz/artikel/weitere-sportarten/events/ski-wm-2019/olympiasiegerin-gisin-reagiert-auf-kasper (de),

https://www.tt.com/sport/sportintirol/15245330/hochkaraetig-und-hitzig-diskussion-zur-ski-zukunft-in-kitzbuehel (de),

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/sport/fis-praesident-nicht-woertlich-gemeint-1.4323542 (de)

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