Emma Pagliarusco

Project Assistant on Environmental Law

Hi! My name is Emma, I am from Italy.

Emma, tell us a bit more about yourself!

After completing my Bachelor’s studies at the Università degli Studi di Trento in European and International Law, I moved to Finland where I currently study Environmental and Climate Change Law at the University of Eastern Finland, thus coming to be a member of YEE was completely in line with my academic career.

Beside the legal education and trainings, which brought me to develop strong legal skills in the European and International legal context, I have volunteered with youth-led organisations for four years. My main academic fields of interest are: the Just Energy Transition, the relationship between human rights and environmental protection and sustainable development.

When I became a member, YEE was making huge steps towards the involvement of youth in the environmental and climate debate, so that I decided to put in practice my academic background and become an actor in the environmental protection scene. Currently in YEE I am focusing on the legal debate around EU environmental actions, trying to make EU environmental law more accessible to all Europeans.

What are some of the causes you care about?

I care about the energy transition and the related energy poverty, democracy, environmental justice and equal opportunities for everyone in the respect of others and the environment.

What do you hope the world will look like in 2050?

In 2050, I hope all the people in the world will have the same possibilities (to study, to travel, to live in a healthy environment) and will live in harmony with nature. I hope to see circular economy prevailing with no waste and clean oceans. Yet among all, the thing I would like to start with is to stop the wars around ownership of energy sources: to do this, I would like the 2050 to be powered by renewable energy present in each country. It would be an incredible starting point.

If you could time-travel, what era would you like to visit and why?

Sometimes I would like to travel back to the 1920s, characterised by optimism for the future to come. But I also hope to see this in the near future.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

I am fond of sports (running, swimming, climbing) and I love acting in my free time. But, among all, my favourite hobby is to find new hobbies :).

Give us one quote that describes your personality, or that you simply love!

Be the change that you wish you see in the world.