Blog #21: Active, Not Anxious... in Vienna

June 2nd, 2021 
Monika Weber-Fahr
"This is our moment. We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature. Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid. Join #GenerationRestoration.” This is the intro-text to the 2021 World Environment Day Campaign, a day that is celebrated around the world on Saturday, June 5, including here in Vienna. Our Living Light blog today invites you to take a look around town and learn about activities offered and organisations contributing. Maybe you’ll find something that inspires!
World Environment Day is the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. First held in 1974, June 5 has provided opportunities for awareness campaigns focusing on many of the most pressing environmental concerns of the past decades, including, but not limited to, marine pollution, global warming, sustainable consumption, wildlife crime. Each year, governments, civil society organizations and businesses, as well as churches (!), organize events to advocate for environmental causes on or around June 5. This year’s motto is one trying to provide avenues for action: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore.
Across Vienna and Austria, you can celebrate World Environment Day by looking up some of the initiatives featured. Many of them are arranged to bring attention, on the same day, to Umweltzeichentag (Environment Tagging Day). The Umweltzeichen is a Tag that the Ministry for Climate Protection and Environment offers to organizations and businesses to distinguish themselves through environmental protection initiatives. Anything you can participate in yourself? Well, if you love walking in nature and consider yourself a Foodie, do check out the list of mountain refuges and huts offered by Naturfreunde Osterreich: Here you can enjoy local produce at special rates, singled out because of specific ecological and seasonal profiles. If you want to stay in town rather than venture out, another option is to visit Naturfreunde Haus Vienna right by the Alte Donau. Also closer to home, the Kunsthaus Wien (Hundertwasser Museum) invites everyone to visit their Pop Up Honey Shop, where, on Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, they will be featuring products from their own two beehives. In the meantime, the Austrian Alpenverein offers multiple ways for people to get active themselves by helping local groups of the Alpenverein restore pathways for hikers, spend time restoring forest areas, and so on. Other activities are also spread across the coming weeks and months, but announced on the occasion of Environment Day. For example, on June 8, one of my personal favorites, you can participate in an online visit with the Vienna City’s Wastemanagement team (called the 48ers, by their department name). There is also a little Facebook page with more information. Most initiatives are offered by individual organizations or firms. The general idea of the day is to mobilise action. And if you walk around Vienna with open eyes on June 5, across your market or downtown, you might see unexpected and fun things going on.
Also, church communities celebrate World Environment Day. The Anglican Church’s website features a number of parishes and also offers several special prayer ideas for the day. The Anglican Diocese of London seems to have even declared the Sunday closest to Environment Day, this year June 6, to be Environment Sunday.
If you do go out and participate in something to celebrate Environment Day, or if you find out about something noteworthy, do send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to hear from you!