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Small Changes Won’t Do: Why We Must Change the System to Solve the Climate Crisis

  • When
  • July 5, 2022, 8:00–10:00 a.m. (EDT) / 14:00–16:00 (CET)
  • Where
  • Live Stream
  • In partnership with
  • Club of Rome, DIW Berlin, SYSTEMIQ
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In this moment of war, pandemic, and economic unrest, the climate crisis is also harming vulnerable individuals and communities around the globe. Legitimate action is becoming increasingly urgent and must be designed to deliver a just transition worldwide, as described by the recently published International System Change Compass.

Following the G7 summit and before the political summer break, the Open Society Foundations and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) discuss the findings of the report, taking stock of the multiple and interconnected crises we are facing—and what must happen to effectively tackle them together.


  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève is co-president of the Club of Rome.
  • Marcel Fratzscher is president of DIW Berlin.
  • Heather Grabbe is director of the Open Society European Policy Institute and director of EU affairs for the Open Society Foundations.
  • Claudia Kemfert is head of Energy, Transportation, and Environment at DIW Berlin.
  • Bertram Kloss works on system change for a sustainable economy at SYSTEMIQ.
  • Jennifer Morgan is Germany’s state secretary and special envoy for International Climate Action.
  • Marc-Oliver Pahl is secretary general at the German Council for Sustainable Development.
  • Petra Pinzler is a journalist with the German weekly Die Zeit.
  • Daniela Schwarzer is the Open Society Foundations’ executive director for Europe and Eurasia.
  • Kira Vinke is head of Center for Climate and Foreign Policy at the German Council of Foreign Relations.

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