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Christine Wamsler

Professor, Docent, appointed Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP)

Christine Wamsler. Photo

The Human Dimension of the Green Deal : How to Overcome Polarisation and Facilitate Culture & System Change


  • Jeroen Janss
  • Christine Wamsler
  • Acacia Smith
  • Liane Stephan

Summary, in English

After several years of broad support for the European Green Deal (EGD), a significant number of communities and politicians are calling on the EU and Member States to slow down its green measures and focus on ‘other’ crises, most notably the cost-of-living crisis.

This White Paper argues that environmental, social and economic crises can’t be looked at in isolation. And that addressing today’s ‘polycrisis’ requires a greater understanding of the underlying human dimension, that is: our individual and collective mindsets and values, and the associated cognitive, emotional and relational capacities.

Evidence suggests that addressing this human dimension is a strong enabler of culture and system change as it impacts the way we see and act in the world. This White Paper summarises the latest thinking on the role of the human dimension and describes how integrating transformative measures in education, the workplace and in politics can help to overcome polarisation and facilitate
culture and system change


  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
  • LU Profile Area: Nature-based future solutions

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The Inner Green Deal gGmbH, Cologne, Germany, and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund, Sweden.


  • Human Geography