Saturday 20th March

10.00 – 10.45  Unlocking climate action by challenging the status quo

Chaired by Cillian Lohan – EESC Vice President

  • Virginijus Sinkevičius – European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries (video message)
  • Josephine Becker – Climate activist and Researcher, Co-host of the YIKES podcast
  1. Welcome
  2. Launch of discussion
  3. Presentation of YEYS 2021 results
  4. Short 3D video projection of Hidden Paths - Pathways to System Change

10.45 – 11.30 A systemic change for climate change

Debate on:

  1. What is systemic change?
  2. Can we implement systemic change?
  3. What are the challenges that systemic change faces?


  • Nisreen Elsaim – Youth climate activist and member of UN's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
  • Corina Angheloiu – Senior Design Strategist (Forum for the Future) and researcher

11.30 – 12.15  Tackling the climate crisis through systemic change

Debate on:

  1. How can we implement systemic change?
  2. What do political leaders, CEOs etc, need to do in order for systemic change to be possible? What do we expect from them?
  3. What can citizens do to create a culture of sustainability through systemic change?


  • Lewis Akenji – Managing Director, Hot or Cool Institute, 1.5-Degree Lifestyles project 
  • Saoi O'Connor – Irish climate activist

12.15 – 13.00  Systemic change, from idea to action

Debate on:
Concrete examples from speakers, stories of work on systemic change/on a more sustainable world


  • Christian Kroll – Founder and CEO, Ecosia
  • Juliet Bonhomme – Slow fashion campaigner, Community Manager at The Lemon Spoon

13.00 – 13.20 Reflections on systemic change: art as a mediator

  • Live Art Creation by Sophie Ong and Tibor Miklos

Concluding remarks by Cillian Lohan - EESC Vice President  

13.20 – 13.30 Guided visualization

  • A day in a life in brighter, zero carbon futures by David Holyoake

Event moderated by: Alix KONADU


Programme - Designing Systemic Change