kliimafit is all about raising awareness about climate change, climate impacts, and climate solutions through training, workshops and experiences. Our goal is to provoke thought and conversations, shift thinking, and encourage positive action.
We’re based in beautiful Innsbruck, and work with individuals, groups, communities and organisations across Austria and further afield.
What we believe
We believe that everyone on the planet has a right to understand the causes and consequences of climate change and what we can do to create a sustainable future by making better decisions and taking action – individually AND collectively.
We also believe that talking about climate change and raising awareness of impacts and opportunities is vital if everyone must play their part (and it IS necessary). Why? Because we can’t expect people and groups and organisations to shift thinking or behaviour if they don’t understand the problem, its relevance to them AND what they can do.
To that end, we have ambitious goals and a bold, optimistic vision.
Mission and vision
We’re based in Austria, and we have a two BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS goals.
First, we want to be part of a movement that gives every Austrian access to a full day of climate awareness training to make them “klimafit” or climate ready. We know that this is bold and ambitious, but we live in times when bold and ambitious goals are called for. We’re starting small, with individual provinces, communities and groups, and we’re actively working to reach more and more people every day.
Second, we want our training to help Austria become the first climate-neutral member state of the European Union. Yes, another bold goal! The thing is that the EU already wants Europe to be the first climate-neutral continent, and every member state will have to be involved if that goal is to be achieved. Austria has already stated its goal to be climate neutral by 2040. What if Austria could be the first climate-neutral member and what if it could offer the world a shining example of green thinking and sustainable progress? And what if we could support that goal? And why not?
With that in mind, we’re on a mission to make climate awareness training accessible for everyone in Austria, so that they understand the problem and consequences as well as the solutions and how they can make a difference. To be clear: we are NOT saying that climate change is a problem for individuals to tackle, but rather that individuals – as members of communities, business owners and employees, politicians and government workers – have an important role to play.
Our vision for 2040 is a climate-neutral Austria, filled with engaged and active citizens who are actively choosing to co-create a sustainable future that is also fair and thriving. We see Austria as a world leader in climate neutrality, creating a cascade effect that shifts thinking and behaviour in Europe and beyond, and influencing the creation of sustainable futures across the globe.
If your response is “That’s impossible! Austria is a small country! How can Austria influence the world?”, we’d say that you need to have more faith.
Tiny bullets trigger world wars.
A tiny virus can shut down the world for 18 months and cause untold harm.
What if Austria could be a catalyst of positive change in the face of today’s sustainability challenges? And why not?
klimafit is the brainchild of Suzanne Whitby, a communication specialist and climate communicator with a passion for teaching people about climate change and environmental disruption. Since 2012, she has focused her energy, experience and expertise on doing work that supports sustainable futures.
“I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to understand what climate change is and why it exists, and what we can all do to mitigate and adapt. That means speaking to people in their own language, about topics that they understand and value, and helping them find ways to turn their hopes and dreams into sustainable futures.”
Suzanne is a climate communicator, facilitator and trainer at make SHIFT happen and is an active member of the International Association of Facilitators, and is a co-founder of Facilitators for Future. She teaches science communication skills at SciComm Success, and facilitates thinking, communication and action relating to climate change at Whitby’s.
In her spare time, Suzanne is is working on her PhD, exploring how the intersection of oral storytelling, sensory experiences, and space can affect environmental thinking.
She is proudly South African and is a long-term resident of Innsbruck. She is on the adventure of a lifetime with her incredibly supportive Tirolean husband, and when time allows, she can be found reading, roaming, writing, and telling stories.