Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johanna Mikl-Leitner , Source: Johanna Mikl-Leitner on Facebook

Arnold Schwarzenegger inaugurates climate solutions hub in Austria

Arnold Schwarzenegger inaugurates climate solutions hub in Austria

It will share good regional environmental practices from Lower Austria with the rest of the world

Yesterday, Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the Austrian World Summit Solutions Hub in Asparn an der Zaya, a small town in the Federal State of Lower Austria. The action actor, who was born in Austria, collaborated with state authorities to create the centre aimed at sharing best practice examples.

According to a statement from the state governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Lower Austria has 200 wind power plants currently under construction or preparation, 15,000 new PV systems and 20 new biomass projects.

She emphasised the attractiveness of the region to start-ups and small companies and collaborations with public authorities and citizens to find creative solutions for the future. The Solutions Hub in Asparn would help accelerate these practices and reach out further.

We breathe the same air, drink the same water and we need to come together

The Hollywood actor turned California governor turned climate activist was quoted by the ORF, explaining that one of the most important aspects of fighting climate change is outreach - to change people’s minds and how they think about the problem.

At the same time, he pointed out that environmental pollution can carry a myriad of health risks due to the excessive use of fossil fuels. These include an increased likelihood of asthma in children or cancer, both highlighting the importance of finding ways for a green and sustainable living.

Additionally, Schwarzenegger said that in a world where air and water are the same for everyone, climate action should be a topic that crosses both national and political lines. The 75-year-old also referred to pollution, the cause of millions of deaths around the world every year and said that governments have failed to deal with the issue.



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