VIS Receives Letter from President Van der Bellen in Response to COP27 Petition

The Vienna International School (VIS) Green Team came up with an initiative to raise awareness of the upcoming global conference of parties (COP27).


The COP27 conference welcomed leaders and politicians from countries all over the world coming together in Sharm El-Sheik in Egypt in November 2022, to decide on a new global climate change policy.

The Secondary Green Team led by Dara O Hogain, took the initiative and wrote to the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Minister for Climate Change (Ministerin Leonore Gewessler) who attended the meeting, encouraging the Austrian leaders to push for an agreement to keep our planet below 2.5 degrees of warming this century (now that 1.5 degrees is impossible).

As a result of the letter and written petition, the Green Team received  THIS LETTER back from the Presidential Office, signed by a representative of European and International Affairs. A very well done to the VIS students for this powerful statement and for succeeding in raising awareness on the pressing issue of climate change.  

At VIS, there is a firm commitment to provide students with the learning experiences necessary to develop their understanding for sustainability. The aim is that all students apply this understanding in decisions that they make in their everyday lives. The students are empowered to take action, seek solutions and become aware that they can make a difference, responding to the actions needed to sustain the planet. Teachers facilitate this learning through the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the VIS Curricula.