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 seventh 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.
A fantastic evening - here you can find many fotos of our Special Dinner for Climate Action.
Here you can find more information about this year´s AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT on May 16th 2023
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks to real Climate Action Heros, who are role models and inspire more and more people to become enthusiastic about active climate protection.
Showcasing successful best practice projects for climate protection and sustainable development from all around the globe
December 27, 2022
5000 Mutuba cuttings for 100 housholds
Our three-year joint Mutuba reforestation project with the Jane Goodall Institute Austria is entering its final year. A good opportunity to look back and see that we are on track with the implementation:
This year 5000 Mutuba cuttings were procured, distributed, and planted, and 100 households were mobilized, sensitized, and trained on silvicultural practices for planting and caring for Mutuba trees.
Since the beginning of the project, 10 villages in selected target reforestation areas were engaged with in Mutuba tree growing. Both the JGI's species conservation and reforestation projects have always been designed in such a way that the local people concerned have an important voice and supporting role in the project. Showing genuine interest about the details of production and processing and what it would take to preserve the tradition AND improve the lives of people is of utmost importance.
Mutuba trees are generally in multi-purpose use: Besides using its bark to make barkcloth, they are used as share trees, especially in coffee plantations and for poles in local construction work. Among other purposes, the tree provides firewood to low-income communities with little or no access to electricity. By the end of the project in 2023, 15,000 Mutuba cuttings will be distributed to a total of 300 households.
November 09, 2022
Cooking up climate Action
With the money from the BAWAG Women's Prize 2022, which Director Monika Langthaler was awarded, the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative will support two impressive projects concerning the climate crisis and cooking.
World Central Kitchen Extreme weather events occur more frequently due to the climate crisis. When a natural disaster hits a community, a nourishing meal is much more than a plate of food. It gives people hope and shows that someone cares. The SCI is therefore supporting “World Central Kitchen” in their effort to assist communities impacted by extreme weather events caused by the climate crisis.
Efficient and Healthy Cooking About 3 billion people in the world have no access to modern energy sources for cooking and heating their homes. This is also the case in Uganda. A large proportion of households in rural areas cook with firewood on traditional open cooking stoves. Sadly this is inefficient, drives deforestation and is also detrimental to the health of mostly women doing the cooking. We are therefore supporting the project "Efficient and Healthy Cooking" by the Caritas Masaka Diocesan Development Organization and HORIZONT3000. One new stove saves about 5t CO2 and 63 % firewood per year.
September 29, 2022
Dinner in the spirit of climate action
Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a short visit to his home country Austria for a dinner at Motto am Fluss in Vienna with representatives from the business community. The talks focused on the challenges in the fight against pollution and the climate crisis and also served to prepare for Schwarzenegger's annual climate conference, the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, in Vienna. "We must do whatever it takes to end our dependence on fossil fuels," he stressed. Every year, the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT presents concrete and workable climate solutions from around the world and links these ideas to available technical and financial resources as well as stakeholders. "Especially in challenging times like these, it is important not to lose sight of climate protection and to continue working on concrete solutions that are good for both the climate and the economy," said Monika Langthaler, Director of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative.