Systems Change Lab aims to spur action at the pace and scale needed to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges: limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), halting loss of biodiversity and building a just and equitable economy. 

Our initiative tracks global progress for more than 70 transformational shifts across nearly every system, enabling users to compare current action against targets we need to reach by the end of this critical decade and by 2050 to protect people and the planet.



These shifts can accelerate the transitions required across all systems, but nearly all must happen concurrently — and rapidly. Put together, these shifts can transform the major systems that define humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

The platform is designed to provide the private sector, policymakers, philanthropies, investors, advocates and global leaders with insights to drive policy, investment and action. Decision-makers can use Systems Change Lab to understand the state of play across each system, determine which challenges require the greatest attention and discover which actions can accelerate change. 




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Our Goals

Systems Change Lab has three functions: monitor progress made across each of the required shifts, unveil what constitutes and promotes systems change, and mobilize support to realize a more sustainable, equitable future.

  • Monitor

    We track where change is accelerating or heading in the wrong direction — measuring progress across more than 70 necessary shifts. 

  • Learn and share

    We produce analysis that identifies ingredients for transformational change, detail what is and isn’t working, and share lessons learned.

  • Nudge and campaign

    We mobilize and equip partner organizations, messengers and coalitions to accelerate action where it is most needed.

Partners and Funders

Convened by World Resources Institute and Bezos Earth Fund, Systems Change Lab supports the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions and works with key partners and funders including Climate Action Tracker (a project of NewClimate Institute and Climate Analytics), ClimateWorks Foundation, Global Environment Facility, Just Climate, Mission Possible Partnership, Systemiq, University of Exeter and the University of Tokyo’s Center for Global Commons, among others. Systems Change Lab is a component of the Global Commons Alliance.

  • WRI logo
  • Bezos Earth Fund logo
  • Climate Action Tracker logo
  • Climate Analytics logo
  • New Climate Institute logo
  • Center for Global Commons logo
  • ClimateWorks Foundation logo
  • Conservation International | GEF Project Agency logo
  • Global Commons Alliance logo
  • Just Climate logo
  • Mission Possible Partnership logo
  • National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan logo
  • Race to Resilience, Race to Zero logo
  • RMI logo
  • SystemIQ logo
  • University of Exeter - Global Systems Institute logo

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