THE SCHWARZENEGGER CLIMATE INITIATIVE
- building awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action every day and once a year at our AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT (AWS). The AWS, entering its fourth year, has become one of the largest environmental gatherings in the world and provides a platform for highlighting concrete solutions and measures from global decision-makers committed to preserving a healthy planet and decarbonizing the economy by 2050.
- presenting workable solutions from all over the world and connecting these ideas to available technical and financial resources.
- supporting best in class climate protection projects from all over the world.
- serving as a "matchmaker" - we connect players from business, finance, NGOs and local & national governments committed to collaborating on sustainable projects.
Please find here information about our annual AWS: program draft, preliminary list of speakers, partners, etc.
The Climate Kirtag, our outdoor environmental ralley, focuses on getting as many people as possible enthusiastic about active climate protection.
Showcasing successful best practice projects for climate protection and sustainable development from all around the globe
Climate Action Magazine
September 17, 2020
AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2020
On September 17, 2020 the fourth AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT took place despite the challenges posed by Covid-19. With a mixture of analog and digital elements, the summit set new standards and new viewer records. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the entire 3 hours conference as the host from Los Angeles. 250 guests - surrounded by 300 trees and bushes- and 27 speakers from 12 countries joined the summit at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Over 620.000 people watched the Livestream and the media coverage reached nearly 1,3 billion people all around the globe. Messages from prominent climate change activists all around the globe were presented - including Prince Charles, behavioral scientist Jane Goodall, UN Secretary General António Guterres, John Kerry (former US Secretary of State), Frans Timmermans (VicePresident of the European Commission), Pedro Sánchez (Prime Minister of Spain), Carlos Alvarado Quesada (President of Costa Rica), Imran Khan (Prime Minister of Pakistan) and director James Cameron.
July 28, 2020
New report focusing on forests
Our 2020 Special Report – the third in this series already – features a broad variety of international showcase projects and sustainable business models that contribute to intact forests in very different ways. The showcases range from conservation and reforestation initiatives, to forestry and construction projects, to the fashion and tourism sectors, to capacity building and financing etc. In the context of our Post Paris Navigator initiative, supported by the Austrian Development Agency, we carefully selected projects which benefit both climate and people in developing and emerging countries. Each of the presented examples discusses local impacts and benefits as well as important enabling factors. To complement this, fact boxes and additional information on forest-related topics are provided throughout the report, as well as general success factors and policy recommendations derived from the projects.
May 25, 2020
Climate crisis and Covid-19: addressing both crises at once
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is disruptive for the global economy and devastating for many people and their livelihoods, but we cannot take our attention away from the climate crisis. Rather we must recognize and analyze the parallels and connections of these two global crises. A green recovery must be the answers of these two crises.
This has been supported by institutional investors, global financial institutions, and officials in finance ministries and central banks. The challenge now is to create millions of jobs in the short term, enable innovation and economic diversification, and cut both carbon and air pollution and improving public health. Tackling the climate crisis and the health crisis at once!
Monika Langthaler about useful lessons from the pandemic for fighting the climate crisis (only German)
Europe is preparing the world’s greenest recovery package: The Green Deal
Business Ambition for 1,5°: Science Based Targets initiative