June 24, 2022
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 protection and immediate climate action.
In addition to Schwarzenegger and the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, the two top climate and environmental leaders from Europe and the USA joined the international summit: European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for implementing the European Green Deal and the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency Michael S. Regan. UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the world via video message.
In accordance with the theme “Creating Hope – Inspiring Action” numerous representatives from the business world, such as Klemens Hallmann (Hallmann Corporate Group), Jan Jenisch (Holcim) and Ilka Horstmeier (BMW Group), talked about concrete solutions to environmental pollution and the climate crisis. Topics such as the transformation of the economy, digitalisation, successful climate communication and a climate-friendly agriculture where at the heart of the discussion panels this year.
With speakers from 15 nations and participants from more than 50 countries, the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT was once again as international as ever. Above all, young and innovative people from all over the world were on stage. For example, Lorna Rutto, who fights against plastic waste in Kenya and creates hundreds of jobs, or 15-year-old Reshma Kosaraju, who predicts forest fires with the help of artificial intelligence. From India 16-year-old Vinisha Umashankar joined. She became famous for developing a solar-powered ironing cart to reduce coal consumption in India.