EARTHtalks 2014 And Beyond

 In Ākāśa Community, Events & Campaigns
Faiza Oulahsen
Photo by Greta Rossi

There are many reasons why one should travel to Vienna. In addition to its extensive cultural and historical heritage, the capital of Austria is the second most liveable city according to the 2013 report “A Summary of the Liveability Ranking and Overview” by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Also, it ranked third in the Innovation Cities Global Index 2012-2013 released by 2thinknow. The main draw for me last weekend was EARTHtalks 2014.

EARTHtalks are an annual event founded by Angie Rattay and Adam Pawloff – the team behind the NEONGREEN NETWORK charity. Over the past seven years, EARTHtalks have gathered thousands of people from NGOs, business, public institutions, students and interested members of civic society to engage them with inspiring talks related to our only home, planet Earth. EARTHtalks have hosted extraordinary speakers such as barrister and environmental activist Polly Higgins, physicist and anti-GM activist Vandana Shiva and our very own, Dr. Michael Edwards!

700 people travelled this year to the Viennese Hofburg, the magnificent presidential palace, for an evening full of emotion. Despite being unable to travel after falling ill in Asia, the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, still managed to share an engaging video-message and call to action. The highlight of the evening was the talk by Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Faiza Oulahsen, who served a two-month detention in Russia last year after her involvement in the Arctic-30 campaign. 1400 ears listed to her call to peaceful activism as a way to promote change in the world. 700 hearts were moved by her story of hope, courage and determination. 700 bodies stood up and gave her a standing ovation.

It was a true honour for me to have been invited by Angie and Adam to EARTHtalks 2014 and I am thrilled to announce that Ākāśa Innovation has partnered with NEONGREEN NETWORK to start a new exciting chapter in the journey of EARTHtalks. There will soon be one more reason to visit London.

Stay tuned for more updates…

Greta Rossi

*Updated on 8 June 2014

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