Stars at Wimbledon want the tournament to stop taking money from Barclays.

Emma Thompson and Richard Curtis are two activists who said that Barclays was “profiting from climate chaos.”

Wimbledon said that Barclays was committed to making sure that everyone could play sports.

Barclays said it was one of the first banks to want to be “net zero” by the year 2050.

In November of last year, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said that Barclays would be the official bank of the Championships.

Monday is the first day of the 2023 Championships, and Thompson and Curtis are among the people who have signed an open message to the AELTC.

The letter is from Make My Money Matter, a campaign group that Curtis helped to start. The group wants to change the way money works so that “people and planet are on the same level as profit.”

It also has the support of retail expert Mary Portas, entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and artist Brian Eno, among others.

Curtis, who wrote the screenplay for Four Weddings and a Funeral, said, “With all the love and respect for Wimbledon and all the magic from Billie Jean King to Andy Murray, the AELTC’s decision to partner with Barclays is a very bad line call.”

It is written to the CEO of the AELTC, Sally Bolton, and says, “Barclays is Europe’s largest fossil fuel funder. Since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2016, they have given over $190 billion to the industry.”

“To put it simply, Barclays is funding and making money off of climate chaos, and if you accept a sponsorship deal from them, you are saying that you agree with what they are doing,” the letter said.

The campaign group says that the AELTC’s choice to work with Barclays is “not only bad for the environment, but also goes against Wimbledon’s cultural legacy and environmental policies.”

“According to your 2023 climate plan, your goal is to: ‘Sustain the Championships in a way that has a positive effect on the environment. We will be honest, open, and do the right thing when it comes to what we can and can’t do.’

“We don’t think it makes sense for Europe’s biggest fossil fuel funder to sponsor this approach,” the letter says.

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