The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative builds awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action every day. The focus lies on presenting workable solutions, supporting best in class climate action projects and serving as a “matchmaker for climate leaders”.


We engage in exercise to strengthen our bodies and enrich our health. However, beyond our personal wellness, the vitality of our environment is equally essential to our collective well-being. Therefore, it is imperative for each of us to actively engage in solutions and advocate for the preservation of our environment.

This workout offers you the opportunity to integrate environmentally friendly habits into your everyday life, step by step, week by week, and explains why every contribution counts.

Much like Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s advice for newcomers to the world of fitness, his words are equally applicable to our environmental pursuits: “My advice to beginners is simple: begin. And don‘t stop until it becomes a routine. For many people, the first step is the hardest. So, find something, anything, that you can do and keep at it.” Check out the video below for more from Arnold Schwarzenegger!

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The AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, our annual climate conference in Vienna, is at the heart of the initiative and brings together climate solutions and climate action heroes from around the world.


A newly renovated and very versatile estate in Lower Austria is a vibrant meeting place for networking, holding seminars and workshops, but also leads the way by showing best practice examples on site.


Our collection of over 130 successful best practice projects for climate protection and sustainable development from all around the globe show that a lot is already being done. Get inspired!

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July 2, 2024

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative and Raiffeisen NÖ-Wien Join Forces for More Climate Protection

The AWS Solutions Hub in Asparn/Zaya has launched an innovative energy cooperative in the Weinviertel region together with Raiffeisen. Regional, sustainable electricity is available at fair prices for anyone who wants to join in. On Friday, June 21, […]

June 20, 2024

Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Fair Draws Large Crowds

Successful Launch: 3,500 Visitors Attend Arnold Schwarzenegger’s AWS Solutions Expo at Vienna Hofburg On Thursday, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new AWS Solutions Expo made a successful debut, drawing 3,500 visitors to the Vienna Hofburg. Each year, Schwa […]

June 20, 2024

Kicking Ass for a healthy planet -Schwarzenegger for less talk and more action

At the eighth AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, Schwarzenegger criticized the bureaucracy and red tape that is slowing down progress towards a clean future. At the eighth AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, which took place in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace on June 20th, host Arn […]

June 3, 2024

AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2024 Welcomes High-Profile International Guests

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Senior Advisor to the US-President for International Climate Policy John Podesta accept Schwarzenegger’s invitation to Vienna. (Vienna, June 3rd, 2024) Environmentalists from around the w […]

May 6, 2024

Arnold Schwarzenegger extends invitation to “Pump for the Planet”

Countdown to the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2024: The Ultimate Workout for the Environment Arnold Schwarzenegger is inviting people to join him for a workout starting Monday. This time, however, it isn’t for a typical workout aimed at building muscle str […]

March 23, 2024

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Fonda, and Monika Langthaler Unite Against Big Oil

Los Angeles, March 23, 2024 – As the U.S. elections loom on November 5th, California faces a pivotal environmental referendum. The 2022 enacted law (SB1137) regulates oil and gas drilling, prohibiting new drilling within a 3,200-foot radius (approxi […]

March 13, 2024

Schwarzenegger and Environmental Expo at AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2024

For the first time, a dedicated environmental expo showcasing innovative solutions will accompany the climate conference on June 20th. On June 20, 2024, Arnold Schwarzenegger will convene his annual climate conference, the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT (AWS […]

January 19, 2024

Schwarzenegger’s Auction Raises 1,31 Million Euros for a Sustainable Future

“There are many things we can smile about tonight: the great food, the exceptional atmosphere, the lovely company, and of course, all of usgiving back to change the world,” stated Arnold Schwarzenegger, extending a warm welcome to guests at the “Spe […]

December 13, 2023

COP28 Info-Day at the Austrian World Summit Solutions Hub

On the occasion of the current UN climate conference in Dubai, the AWS Solutions Hub hosted a COP28 themed day at its newly renovated estate in Asparn an der Zaya. The event, marked by insightful presentations, interactive Q&A sessions, a live b […]

December 6, 2023

Preserving Nature and Tradition: The Mutuba Reforestation Project

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our three-year reforestation initiative in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute in Western Uganda. The project has not only preserved the Mutuba fig tree but also aimed to revitalize […]

June 20, 2023


(Vienna, June 20, 2023) After the incredible success of this year’s AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, the date for next year’s environmental conference has been set. The 8th AUSTRIAN WOLRD SUMMIT will take place on June 20th, 2024, at the Hofburg Palace in Vie […]

May 25, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger opens AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT Solutions Hub

On May 17th 2023, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Monika  Langthaler opened the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT Solutions Hub in Asparn an der Zaya. The new centre on the historic estate in the Weinviertel region of Lower Austria will become a hub for climate prote […]

May 16, 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for new Environmentalism

AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT: On Course for Change in Vienna’s Hofburg, Focusing on Climate Protection and Security “Times have changed, and we have to change with them.” host Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his opening speech at the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, w […]

May 8, 2023

Arnold´s Stammtisch with José Andrés

Stammtisch is back! This time around, Arnold Schwarzenegger is joined by renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, José Andrés. Together, they discuss the importance of nutrition, clean cooking, environmentalism, and the positive impact we […]

April 25, 2023


The AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT is back! The theme of this year´s conference, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is “We Have the Power” and it will take place on May 16, 2023, at The Hofburg in Vienna. The focus will once again be on climate protection, esp […]

December 22, 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, […]

November 9, 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 weath […]

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 […]

September 22, 2022

Monika Langthaler awarded 10th BAWAG Women’s Prize

Monika Langthaler, Director of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative gratefully accepted the annual BAWAG award last week. The prize, which is endowed with € 5,000, recognises outstanding achievements by women and special commitment to the positioni […]

July 29, 2022

AWS 22 Report now online

It´s a wrap on the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2022 and a lot of things were happening on stage and around the conference. In this year´s report you can read all about the summit, it´s guests and the take aways from the panel discussions. On June 14th, 20 […]

June 27, 2022

Schwarzenegger: Eliminate addiction to fossil fuels

Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted this year´s AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT live from his filmset in Toronto, but his messages were very real: “We must do whatever it takes to eliminate our addiction to fossil fuels,” he emphasized in his opening speech and cond […]

June 24, 2022

AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2022: Creating Hope – Inspiring Action

On June 14th 2022, Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted his climate conference, the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, at the Hofburg in Vienna. Numerous prominent guests from politics, business, science and civil society highlighted the importance of climate protectio […]

March 3, 2022

E-fuels: Do they keep what they promise?

The idea is simple: Synthetic fuels would be produced using electricity. These so called e-fuels could operate in existing combustion engines without major problems. They could be distributed via the existing gas station network. Clean fuel without […]

January 12, 2022

Support for new climate project in India

The people of Tamil Nadu in the south of India are feeling the harsh effects of climate change. Increased droughts and floods and the rise in agricultural pests are having a serious impact on the food supply. The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative wi […]

September 28, 2021

Continued support for “Bosco Children”

“Bosco Children“ runs a center in Addis Abeba and gives street children shelter and guidance. There are an estimated 17,000 children that live unaccompanied in the Ethiopian capital. With the help of the ‘Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative’ and ‘Juge […]

August 9, 2021

Der grüne Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger war Mr. Universum, Schauspieler und Gouverneur von Kalifornien. Seine neue Rolle: Klimaaktivist mit Esel und Elektro-SUV. Ein Hausbesuch in Los Angeles. SPIEGEL: Als Sie vor 53 Jahren Österreich verließen, um eine Karriere in A […]

August 2, 2021

AWS 21 Report

The 5th AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT on July 1st 2021 was a full success. Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to Vienna this year to attend his annual climate conference. Over the years it has grown to become one of the biggest environmental summits in the worl […]

April 13, 2021

Fast Fashion vs. Fair Fashion

The facts and figures are frightening. The fashion industry is – and very few people know this – the second largest polluter in the world. It is one of those industries in which consumption has grown rapidly in recent decades. About 60 percent more […]

February 4, 2021

Joe Biden’s Climate Action Team

The new US president Joe Biden moved fast on climate change policies as soon as he took office: first he initiated the United States’ re-entry into the Paris Climate Agreement, then he signed a climate-related executive order suspending new oil and […]

February 1, 2021

Bosco Children Center in Ethiopia

An aid project in Ethiopia by “Jugend Eine Welt” is making a sustainable impact: At the Bosco Children Center near the capital Addis Ababa, former street children are given a new perspective. They are not only given emotional support and social care […]

January 7, 2021

Arnold Schwarzenegger on why Republicans must stop Trump

It is time to end the president’s “stupid, crazy and evil” ploy to cling to power, says the former governor of California THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was my first love. I fell for this country long before I was lucky enough to live here. From the m […]

December 10, 2020

Mutuba Project: Reforestation in Uganda

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative has started a very special project in cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute – Austria: Together we will support the reforestation of Mutuba trees in Uganda for three years. The fact that this project is no […]

September 17, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 23, 2020

AWS and CLIMATE KIRTAG postponed

Due to the current situation concerning the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT and the CLIMATE KIRTAG are postponed to September 17, 2020. Everyone’s health comes first and has the highest priority. The motto […]

January 23, 2020

Charity Auction: 900.000€ for climate protection

“Don´t listen to the naysayers! People said to me last year that another event in Kitzbühel won´t work – that there are already too many parties and we didn’t need another fundraiser. And today, we are completely sold out and we are raising a fortun […]

December 5, 2019

18.500€ for climate action projects

Many friends and supporters of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT followed yesterday our invitation to our first charity auction at the Habibi & Hawara in Vienna – among others Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen as well as ski legends Franz Klamm […]

November 28, 2019

Monika Langthaler is “Woman of the Year”

Monika Langthaler was awarded as “Woman of the Year” by the Austrian magazine Look! for her 30 years of commitment to climate protection. The Director of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT was very pleased about this great honor and underlined in her accepta […]

November 5, 2019

A bike ride with Climate Action Heroes

It was a very special experience for Monika Langthaler, Director of AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, to meet Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and climate activist Greta Thunberg in Los Angeles and go for a bike ride in Santa Monica with them. Together they disc […]

October 22, 2019

European Culture Prize

We are thankful and proud, that the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT got honoured with one of the most important awards in Europe. On October 20th, Monika Langthaler Director of The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative, received on behalf of Arnold Schwarzenegger […]

October 16, 2019

Visiting the C40 Mayors Summit

Last week The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative visited the C40 Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. This Summit highlighted examples of how cities are already fulfilling their strong commitments and accelerating the bold climate solutions needed f […]

September 5, 2019

Presentation of the book Heißzeit 51

A “hot” track – and it leads to the topic of climate change! Yesterday (Sept. 4, 2019) the well-known Austrian crime writer Eva Rossmann presented her latest work together with The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative Director Monika Langthaler. In “He […]

August 8, 2019

Donation for “Jugend eine Welt”

Today The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative Director Monika Langthaler handed over a donation cheque of 5.000 Euro to Reinhard Heiserer, CEO Jugend eine Welt, for a very special project: “Solar Skills and Environmental Education”, which sets up sola […]

June 27, 2019

Schwarzenegger is back – as Howard Kleiner

What a funny and crazy way Arnold Schwarzenegger promotes electromobility: not with a moralizing undertone, but with humor! In the short movie Kicking Gas, Schwarzenegger goes undercover as Howard Kleiner, a frustrated car salesman to help non-profi […]

May 21, 2019

Hubert von Goisern as special guest at the CLIMATE KIRTAG

We are very happy to announce that Hubert von Goisern will also be at our CLIMATE KIRTAG on the 28th of May as a special guest on stage alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Greta Thunberg, Aksel Lund Svindal, Conchita Wurst and Pizzera&Jaus. Everyon […]

May 17, 2019

The view from outer space

“We have a beautiful planet. We should feel very fortunate, but some parts are visibly polluted from space. We are alone in the world as the only nation that denies climate change.” At this year’s AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT, the US astronaut Scott Kelly […]

May 3, 2019

Antonio Guterres comes to AWS in Vienna

It is a great honor for us that UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT for the second time. In the past year he has made it very clear that fighting against climate change is one of his top priorities. António Gut […]

April 24, 2019

New Bipartisan Podcast on Energy and the Environment

The Schwarzenegger Institute has teamed up with “Political Climate,” a bipartisan podcast exploring energy and environmental issues in America. After gaining listenership from across party lines including industry leaders, congressmen, activists and […]

March 7, 2019

Climate Kirtag 28|5

The first CLIMATE KIRTAG will take place in the frame of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT on May 28th, starting at 3 pm at Heldenplatz. Every individual interested in world music and climate protection is warmly invited to attend. Guests will include Arnol […]

March 3, 2019

Greta Thunberg

“Instead of looking for hope, look for action. We can´t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.” Thousands of students from all over the world followed Greta Thunberg´s example and set their governments under pr […]

March 1, 2019

Release of the AWS Annual Report 2018

The outcome and impacts left by the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT initiative last year were wide-ranging. The Annual Report 2018 showcases not only the results and publications of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT 2018 but also diverse activities with our network o […]

January 30, 2019

Bilateral Meeting at the Hofburg

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Federal President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen join forces to promote more action to step up climate ambition. In December they were both at the COP24 in Katowice, now they stand side by side again for the AUSTRI […]

January 29, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger meets Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

After promoting climate protection together with ski aces in Kitzbühel, Arnold Schwarzenegger presented Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with the special AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT skis to thank him for his great support for the third AUSTRIAN WORLD SU […]

January 26, 2019

New skis for Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, a big fan of Kitzbühel (Austria), jumped at the opportunity to visit the Hahnenkamm Races again this year together with Heather Milligan. He was particularly excited to further his commitment to environmental protection togeth […]

December 17, 2018

“Katowice Climate Package” agreed at COP24

The UN Climate Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, has achieved its determined goal: on December 15th, the delegates finally adopted unanimously a rulebook for the Paris Agreement. In addition, the almost 200 states agreed on ways to implement t […]

September 17, 2018

A Call to Action from California

The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco for business, city and state leaders closed with a call on national governments to increase their pledges to the Paris Agreement. Subnational actors asked nations to update their pledges to re […]

September 14, 2018

Road to Katowice and beyond!

The AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT is part of an ever-growing community. We have outlined the most important milestones of this global process in a timeline up to our next conference on 28 May 2019 – also to clearly emphasize that the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT i […]

July 15, 2018

Donation “Hope For Batwa Children”

We are happy to support a very special project of naturalist and chimpanzee specialist Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institut – Austria: „Hope for Batwa Children“. At the beginning of her work, the focus of Jane Goodall was on research into […]

April 30, 2018

Antonio Guterres comes to Vienna

It is a special honor for us that António Guterres visits Vienna for the first time in his function as UN Secretary-General on the occasion of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT. Joining the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT is a clear commitment for climate action. Ant […]

April 26, 2018


Transportation is one of the largest and a growing sector for increasing energy demand and CO2-emissions: with a share of 29 percent, it contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions in Austria. In the EU is about 25 percent, globally the sh […]