EARTHtalks in
Numbers

(in total)

9.750

58

192

45

Visitors

Speakers

Volunteers

Side-Events

EARTHtalks 2023 - Protect what you love

18th October 2023, Imperial Palace Vienna

SPEAKERS

Heidi Sevestre
Glaciologist
Cesy Leonard 
Performance Artist, Radical Daughters
Smilla Buschbom & Levi Resch
Climate Claimants, Students
Mikaela Shiffrin (video message)
Ski racer
Elif Duygu & DaWastl
Slam-Poetry

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Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen opened the 14th
 EARTHtalks – for the first time in the big ballroom of the Imperial Palace Vienna – for over 800 visitors
The motto "Protect what you love" addressed all the topics discussed, as everyone can and should be a protector, whether for biodiversity, our glaciers and the eternal ice, climate protection and children's rights or interested in artistic intervention.
On our sofa this year, we welcomed interview guests such as Moritz Nachtschatt (POW, Protect Our Winters Austria), Snowboard-Champion Manuela Mandl, Lawyer Michael Krömer (CLAW), Andrea Johanides (CEO of WWF Austria) or Mina Hagen-Canaval (Extinction Rebellion, Last Generation). After the event, we invited guests to network at the regional and seasonal organic buffet, prepared by various catering partners such as Gaumenfreundinnen, Wrapstars, Jugend am Werk, Andis Arancini and Zirp.

On the day of the EARTHtalks Heidi Sevestre, Moritz Nachtschatt, Manuela Mandl and Angie Rattay were invited to the presidential office to meet First Lady Doris Schmidauer, to speak about the serious situation in the Arctic – as what happens in the Arctic, won't stay in the Arctic.

EARTHtalks 2022 - For a Climate of Peace

21st April 2022, Hall E of the Museumsquartier

SPEAKERS

Juma Xipaia
Indigenous Activist, Chief of a xipaian village
Philipp Blom 
Philosopher, Historian, Bestselling Author
Thomas Waitz
Member of the EU-Parliament, Organic Farmer
Katharina Wenty
Slam-Poet

Charlotte Mijeon (Videobotschaft)
French Anti-Nuclear Activist

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Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen opened the 13th EARTHtalks with a touching speech. After a pandemic-related break, our speakers, as well as the audience, brought a breath of fresh air to the topic of climate and environmental protection. 
For the fifth time, the former Winterreithalle (Hall E) in Vienna's Museumsquartier welcomed us - once more under the honorary patronage of our Federal President.
The motto "For a Climate of Peace", inspired by the banners of the great Climate March in Paris 2015, was (more than expected) in line with current events (Ukraine war and pandemic).
We had the pleasure to welcome interview guests like Eva Rosenberg (director FourPaws Austria) and Lena Schilling (climate activist) onto our sofa. After the event, we invited everyone to network at the regional-seasonal organic buffet, prepared by various catering partners such as Gaumenfreundinnen, Wrapstars, Jugend am Werk, Andis Arancini and Zirp. The evening came to a beautiful end with interesting conversations around 23:00. The event was attended by about 750 people.

In the weeks leading up to the EARTHtalks, Juma Xipaia was the first indigenous representative to attend an audience with the Federal President at the Imperial Palace, where she spoke about the catastrophic situation of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.


EARTHtalks 2019 - In Memory of Polly Higgins

30th October 2019, Hall E of the Museumsquartier

SPEAKERS

Joanna Sustento
Climate-Activist and Survivor of the supertaifun Haiyan
Jojo Mehta
Stop Ecocide, in Memoriam Polly Higgins
Yasmo (feat. Mieze Medusa)
Slam-Poet, Author and Activist
Richard Ladkani
Filmmaker, Malaika Pictures
(Sea of Shadows, The Ivory Game,  Janes Journey uvm.)

Christiana Figueres
Politician, former General Secretary of the UNFCCC

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Doris Schmidauer opened the 12th EARTHtalks with a touching speech and the words "The Future is Female". After a politically exciting time, our speakers, and the audience, were filled with energy. 
For the fourth time, the event was held in the former winter riding hall (Hall E) in Vienna's Museumsquartier- again, under the honorary patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.
The motto "About Action and Justice" was chosen in memory of the former EARTHtalks speaker, Polly Higgins. Jojo Mehta (Stop Ecocide) and her husband Ian Lawrie were guests of honor in her memory.
Furthermore, we had the pleasure to welcome interview guests from Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, Stop Ecocide, Klimavolksbegehren and Greenpeace on our on-stage sofa.
After the event, we invited all visitors to network at the regional-seasonal organic buffet, prepared by four different small catering partners. The evening ended nicely with stimulating conversations around 11 p.m.
The event was attended by arpund 1,000 people.

Side-Events:

27th September 2019, Gartenbaukino
FILM & TALK
Screening of "Sea of Shadows" and Kinodenktweiter: "Act for the Ocean"

7th October 2019, Stadtkino/Künstlerhaus
FILM & TALK
Screening of "Sea of Shadows" and "Politik oder NGO? Wo kann man mehr bewirken?"

31st October 2019, Apollo Kino
FILM & TALK
Screening of "Sea of Shadows" and Conversation with Director Richard Ladkani.

EARTHtalks 2018

3rd May 2018, Hall E of the Museumsquartier

SPEAKERS

Eryn Wise
Indiginous Speaker of the "Standing Rock"-Movement against the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)
Richard Van der Laaken
Designer and Founder of the "What Design can do" Conference
Werner Boote
Film Director ("Plastic Planet")
Ricken Patel
Founder of Avaaz

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Following an inspiring week of information, emotion and awareness raising for a more sustainable approach to our planet, Doris Schmidauer honored us with her opening words for the 11th EARTHtalks.
In 2018, the EARTHtalks took place in the former winter riding hall (Hall E) of the Museumsquartier for the third time - again, under the honorary patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen
Following the event, the curtain opened and all guests were invited to the regional seasonal organic buffet provided by four different small catering partners, where the evening ended with stimulating conversations and networking. The event was attended by around 900 guests.

Supporting program
This year we complemented our program with the "EARTHtalks Academy" in different rooms of the Museumsquartier.
Because extraordinary times call for young heroes and heroines who open their mouth, take action and express their anger about injustice!
The EARTHtalks Academy was organized to provide tools for revolution, to answer questions and to give the participants tricks necessary for unleashing their talents, using media, leading debates, but also starting campaigns – and thus, movements. Numerous experts and celebrities provided their knowledge as speakers (free of charge). Thank you for that!


2nd May 2018, Day 1

Grassroots Activism
Eryn Wise, Standing Rock Activist

How to win campaigns
Alexander Egit, CEO Greenpeace CEE 

"Wie ticken JournalistInnen?"
Christoph Krammer, Puls 4

"Ihr Auftritt bitte!"
Roland Düringer, Commedian

"Hitzige Verhandlungen!"
Helga Kromp-Kolb, BOKU Vienna

3rd May 2018, Day 2

"Wie das Internet die Welt verändert: Online Mobilisierung"
Madeleine AlizadeH, dariadaria 

Design’s power to ignite debate & raise awareness
Richard van der Laken, WDCD

"Achtsamer Aktivismus"
Pilger Ernst Jetzt

"Macht und Ohnmacht von Netzwerken"
Harald Katzmair, FAS Research

"Und Action!"
Global 2000 Campaign Team

More powerful than you(th) think!
Generation Earth and WWF

EARTHtalks 2017 - 10 Years of EARTHtalks

27th April 2017, Hall E of the Museumsquartier

SPEAKERS

Andrea Crosta
Founder of the Elephant Action League (today's Earth League Int.), Founder of Wild Leaks, Revealer
Bunny McDiarmid
CEO Greenpeace International, Rainbow Warrior
Sulak Sivaraksa
Buddhist scholar, Rightlivelyhood Award Winner
Cofounder of INEB
Amy Goodman
Founder of Democracy now

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10 Years of EARTHtalks!
The anniversary was opened by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. The EARTHtalks took place in the former winter riding hall (Hall E) of the Museumsquartier for the second time, under the honorary patronage of the Federal President.
Aside from the great talks of our speakers, Amy Goodman, founder of "Democracy now", sent a video message in which she talked about resistance and the importance of critical, independent journalism.
For the first time, the "Austrian Environmental Journalism Award" was presented at the EARTHtalks. After the event, all guests were invited to the regional seasonal organic buffet, where the evening ended with stimulating conversations.
The event was attended by around 700 guests.

Side-Events:

24th April 2017, Impact HUB Vienna
Climate talks of the WWF Climate Group in Cooperation with the WWF.

24th April 2017, Burgkino
Documentary “Watermark” in Cooperation with the "Kunsthaus Wien".

25th April 2017, Burgkino
4th Eco Pecha Kucha with 11 Short Talks in Cooperation with the Pecha Kucha Night Vienna.

28th April 2017, Room D, MQ
Workshop “Born to be Wild” with Speaker Andrea Crosta in Cooperation with the WWF.

28th April 2017, Room D, MQ
Workshop “Reclaim the EU” with Speaker Bunny McDiarmid in Cooperation with Greenpeace.

28th April 2017, Burgkino
Documentary “The Ivory Game” with Speaker Andrea Crosta.

29th April 2017, Vienna
“People’s Climate March” in Cooperation with System Change not Climate Change.

EARTHtalks 2016 - In Memory of Freda Meissner-Blau

3rd May 2016, Hall E of the Museumsquartier

SPEAKERS

Alan Rusbridger
former Chief Editor of The Guardian and Journalist
Céline Cousteau
Documentary Filmmaker, Ocean Researcher
John Thackara
Designcritic, Storyteller

also on-stage:
different companions of Freda Meissner-Blau,
like Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lötsch

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Visitor Record at the 9th EARTHtalks
For the 9th time, the EARTHtalks inspired the audience with an inspiring week filled with information, emotions and awareness raising for a more sustainable approach to our planet. 
In 2016, the EARTHtalks took place in a new location – the former winter riding hall (Hall E) of the Vienna MuseumsQuartier – for the first time. The event was attended by 850 guests and also stood in memory of Freda Meissner-Blau - the patron of the EARTHtalks and honorary president of NEONGREEN NETWORK. Between the lectures, film clips from the ORF archive were shown, and companions of the former role model for the Austrian eco-movement shared memories of Freda through personal stories.
The afternoon program on the day of the EARTHtalks was moved to the morning and took place in a separate location at the Impact HUB Vienna for the first time. Networking during an organic breakfast opened up the opportunity for all attendees to discuss after keynote speeches by Céline Cousteau and John Thackara. In addition, start-ups with an eco-social focus - the "NEONGREEN (Ad)ventures" - presented their projects and ideas to promote sustainable development. The audience participated intensively in the moderated sessions, as did the presenters. On the evening of the EARTHtalks, one of the "NEONGREEN ad(ventures)" was awarded 3 start-up checks. After the event, networking started at the organic buffet.

Side-Events:

2nd May 2016, MAK designlabor
Workshop about "Commoning" with John Thackara
in Cooperation with the Institute for Design Research Vienna (IDRV) and the MAK.

2nd May 2016, designforum, MQ
The third "Eco-Pecha-Kucha-Night" with 10 short talks,
in Cooperation with design austria and Pecha-Kucha-Night-Vienna.

3rd May 2016, Impact HUB Vienna
Neongreen HubClub with the Presentation of the Neongreen Adventures
and a Discussion with Céline Cousteau and John Thackara.

4th May 2016, "Kunsthaus Wien"
Showing of the Exhibit "Seen on Earth" in the "Kunsthaus Wien".

EARTHtalks 2015

28th May 2015, Viennese Imperial Palace

SPEAKERS

Sarah Wiener
TV-Cook, Author & Activist
Robert Bullard
Sociologist, Author & "Father of environmental justice"
Gudrun Pflüger
Wolf Researcher & former Professional Athlete
Harald Frey
Traffic and Transportation Scientist

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The EARTHtalks inspired its audience with an inspiring event and side events for the 8th time.
Besides the main event on Thursday, Neongreen Network (NGN) held a press conference, hosted the second "Eco-Pecha-Kucha-Night" at MQ and co-hosted the "World Game" with the Buckminster Fuller Institute Austria at the Impact HUB Vienna.
More than 700 guests were enthusiastic about the speakers and the lovely design of the whole event! 

The afternoon program was booked up to the last seat. In the first part, three panel discussions took place:
The first discussion revolved around the UN International Year of Soils, with speakers Sarah Wiener and Gudrun Pflüger, BOKU Rector Martin Gerzabek, Dr. Wolfgang Priklhuber and Andreas Höritzauer (moderated by Dr. Hildegard Aichberger).
In "Talking clean and acting dirty", the topics of climate justice and divestment were discussed by speaker Dr. Robert Bullard, as well as Leonore Gewessler, Dr. Reinhard Kreissl and Dr. Andreas Novy (moderated by Georg Günsberg). Last but not least, the third discussion was about "Cities of the Future" with speaker Dr. Harald Frey, Dr. Harald Gründl, Maria Vassilakou and Elisabeth Növer (moderated by Thomas Weber).
The second part of the afternoon program featured the so-called "NEONGREEN (Ad)ventures". Six start-ups with an eco-social focus presented their ideas for promoting sustainable development. One of the start-ups was surprised with 3 different start-up checks during the evening program - consisting of a check from the Ministry, a HUB membership and a check for communication consulting.

Side-Events:

27th May 2015, designforum, MQ
The second "Eco-Pecha-Kucha-Night" with 11 short talks,
in Cooperation with Design Austria and Pecha-Kucha-Night-Vienna.

29th May 2015, Impact HUB Vienna
The day after the EARTHtalks, the World Game took place,
in Cooperation with the Buckminster Fuller Institute Austria.

EARTHtalks 2014

15th May 2014, Viennese Imperial Palace

SPEAKERS

Faiza Oulahsen
ARCTIC30-Activist, Greenpeace Netherlands
Hans Herren
Agronomist and Entomologist
Roland Düringer
Commedian and Actor
Rajendra Pachauri
IPPC Chair

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Over 700 guests came to the Viennese Imperial Palace to listen to the inspiring talks at the 7th EARTHtalks. The day before the event, Neongreen Network (NGN) held a press conference, hosted the first "Eco-Pecha-Kucha-Night" at the MQ in cooperation with Design Austria and co-hosted a workshop with Hans Herren together with Impact HUB Vienna.

The new afternoon program was well attended. In the first part, a panel discussion on "Ways out of the climate stalemate" with speaker Faiza Oulahsen, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Helmut Hojesky and Ulrich Brand (moderated by Alexandra Föderl-Schmid), as well as a panel discussion on "Can BIO feed the world?" with speaker Hans Herren, Franz Fehr and Gerhard Zoubek (moderated by Johanna Stögmüller) took place. The discussion with Roland Düringer on "The art of omission" concluded the first part of the afternoon program.
The second part of the new afternoon program featured the so-called "NEONGREEN (Ad)ventures". Six start-ups with an eco-social focus presented their ideas to promote sustainable development and received a lot of feedback from the audience.
During the evening program, one of the "NEONGREEN Ad(ventures)" was awarded with 3 start-up checks, consisting of a check from the Ministry, a 3-month HUB membership and a check for communication consulting. 

Side-Events:

13th May 2014, designforum, MQ
The first "Eco-Pecha-Kucha-Night" with 11 short talks,
in Cooperation with Design Austria and Pecha-Kucha-Night-Vienna.

16th May 2014, Impact HUB Vienna
Workshop with Hans Herren, Gerhard Zoubek and Reinhard Gessl on the topic
"Rettet BIO die Welt, das Land, den Hof, das Wirtshaus, den Menschen?"
(can ORGANIC save the world?)

EARTHtalks 2013

31st May 2013, Viennese Imperial Palace

SPEAKERS

Polly Higgins
Barrister and Environmental Activist, Eradicating Ecocide
Tim Jackson
Economist and Author "Wohlstand ohne Wachstum"
Alexander Egit
CEO Greenpeace CEE
Bill McKibben
Founder of 350.org
Harald Katzenschläger
Storyteller, Dream Academia

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The EARTHtalks delighted its audience with an inspiring week filled with information, emotions and awareness-raising for a more sustainable approach to our planet for the 6th time. 
In addition to the main event on Thursday, Neongreen Network (NGN) held a press conference, screened four documentaries and co-hosted a workshop with oekostrom AG.
Over 700 guests were inspired by the speakers (Polly Higgins, Tim Jackson, Alexander Egit, Bill McKibben and Harald Katzenschläger) and the lovely design of the entire event! 
In order to support targeted networking, NGN 2013 presented young initiatives (such as the "Future Library Vienna" or "My Honey") to promote sustainable development. In the second half of the event, these initiatives had the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the guests at designated tables during the networking evening. The regionally sourced organic buffet supported the enduring conversations.

Side-Events:

13th May 2013, De France Kino
Documentary "A Fierce Green Fire"

14th May 2013, De France Kino
Documentary "Just Do It"

14th May 2013, De France Kino
Documentary "In Transition 2.0"

15th May 2013, Burgkino
Austria Premiere: Documentary "Chasing Ice"

17th May 2013, oekostrom AG
Workshop with Polly Higgins 

EARTHtalks 2012 - 5 Years of EARTHtalks

16th May 2012, Viennese Imperial Palace

SPEAKERS

Bianca Jagger
Human Rights- and Environmental Activist
Stefan Rahmstorf
Climate Scientist, PIK Potsdam
Mike Edwards
Musician and Activist
Hub-Vienna Team
Matthias Reisinger and Sarah Stamatiou

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Due to the EARTHtalks anniversary, NEONGREEN NETWORK (NGN) offered a 5-day program with 7 side events, a press conference and the main event on Thursday.
The EARTHtalks delighted its audience and celebrated its anniversary with an event-filled week.
The nearly 700 guests were delighted by the speakers (Bianca Jagger, HUB-Vienna, Stefan Rahmstorf and Mike Edwards), the passion of the many volunteers and the design of the entire event! 
To support targeted networking, NGN presented five young initiatives promoting sustainable development for the first time in 2012. These got their turn in the 2nd half of the event to discuss their concerns with guests at designated tables during the networking evening. The regionally sourced organic buffet supported the enduring conversations.

Side-Events:

28th May 2012, Weghuberpark
Organic-Picnick with over 100 Participants

29th May 2011, Zagersdorf
"Traumwandertag" (dream hiking-day) + Workshop by dreamacademia

30th May 2012, Prigglitz
"Wasserwandertag" (water hiking-day) by Saint Charles Apotheke

30th May 2012, Vienna
City walk by SERI+Mutmacherei

30th May 2012, Votivkino
"The Island President"
with 180 Visitors

1st June 2012, HUB Vienna
Workshop with Mike Edwards
40 Participants

1st June 2012, Badeschiff
Afterparty

EARTHtalks 2011

24th May 2011, Viennese Imperial Palace

SPEAKERS

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photographer, Filmmaker, FOunder of GOODPLANET
Andreas Graf von Bernstorff
Antinuclear Activist 
Cameron Sinclair
Architecture for humanity
Wolfgang Kromp
Physicist
Ledum Mitee
Activist, Comrad of Ken Saro-Wiwa, MOSOP

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Record Attendance at the EARTHtalks 2011
The fourth edition of EARTHtalks marked the end of an inspiring week filled with information, emotions and awareness-raising for a more sustainable approach to our planet. For the first time, the program of the EARTHtalks extended over three days.
The more than 650 guests were enthusiastic about our speakers (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Andreas Graf von Bernstorff, Wolfgang Kromp, Ledum Mitee and Cameron Sinclair) and the lovely design of the whole event! 
In the spirit of sustainable development, organizer NEONGREEN NETWORK provided the excited (but hungry) audience with an entirely regionally sourced organic buffet during the second half of the EARTHtalkse, the networking evening. After the diverse and intensive inputs of our speakers, the subsequent networking represents an important conclusion of the evening through discussions, exchange of ideas and getting to know each other.

23rd May 2011, Votivkino
Viennese Premiere of the Documentary "HOME"
with Director and Speaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand
in Cooperation with Biorama-Magazine for a sustainable Lifestyle

25th May 2011, HUB Vienna
"Bringing the talks to Action" with Speaker Cameron Sinclair
HUB Vienna, with 10 Groups who presented Design-Ideas for changing the World