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Dominic Thiem announces new ATP initiative to protect the environment, says climate change "is the single greatest challenge of our times"

Dominic Thiem at the 2020 Erste Bank Open
Dominic Thiem at the 2020 Erste Bank Open
Namit Kumar
ANALYST

Dominic Thiem has been a passionate advocate for environmental issues and climate change over the last few years. He has frequently talked about the damage being done to the earth by hunting, fishing and other activities, while also highlighting the need to adopt sustainable practices in all walks of life.

Now in a new video released on Monday, Thiem has revealed the ATP's plans to target Net Zero Emissions by 2040.

"Climate change. It's the single greatest challenge of our times. In tennis, we already feel its effects. Heatwaves, bushfires, floods," Thiem said. "Time is running out to protect our planet and our game. It's up to us to find solutions. To step up to the challenge."

Thiem also announced the ATP's new membership in the United Nations' Sports for Climate Action cause.

"This month the ATP is proud to become a member of the UN Sports for Climate Action," he added. "It's a long-term commitment that will see us work towards Net Zero (emissions) by 2040. Through ATP serves, we look forward to serving that journey, and inspiring others to make a difference - no matter how small. It's time to act, to think big, do what we can, and work together."
Protecting our planet. Protecting our sport. We’re proud to become a member of UN Sports for Climate Action, and work towards Net Zero by 2040. @ThiemDomi @UNFCCC https://t.co/pGMuYHBG9w

This announcement is in continuation of Dominic Thiem's eagerness to use his platform for change. While attending a virtual sports summit recently, the Austrian had emphasized how sport had the reach to influence the masses, before calling upon other international sportspersons to step up for the cause.

"Sports is a huge stage, the biggest athletes in the world have a big fan base," Dominic Thiem had said. "To take care of the planet, to turn things around — the time is now. We don't have any time to do that (take care of the planet), it would be great if athletes in the biggest sports in the world were going in this direction."

"I am proud to see the ATP step up and make a long term commitment to protecting our planet" - Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem at the 2021 French Open - Day One
Dominic Thiem at the 2021 French Open - Day One

Dominic Thiem has been an advocate for affirmative action against climate change for some time now, which is in sync with that the ATP is planning. Following the announcement, the 28-year-old said he was proud of the steps that the ATP is taking.

"I am proud to see the ATP step up and make a long-term commitment to protecting our planet. This is something very close to my heart," he was quoted as saying by the ATP. "Climate change impacts everyone and as players we are already feeling its effects in places we play."
"I encourage everyone in tennis to get involved in whatever way they can," he added. "Together we can make an incredible impact."
I'm proud to see the @atptour step up and make a long-term commitment to protecting our planet 🌍💙 twitter.com/atptour/status…

Edited by Sarbajaya Bhattacharya
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