Emma Kari

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November 30, 2021

Emma Karoliina Kari (born 15 May 1983 in Espoo) is a Finnish politician and Finnish Minister for the Environment and Climate, whose party is the Green League. Kari has been a member of the Helsinki City Council since 2009. In 2013–2015, he was the Chairman of the Helsinki Green Council Group and the Deputy Chairman of the City Board. In 2014, he worked as a special assistant to Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö. Kari was elected a Member of Parliament from the Helsinki constituency in the 2015 parliamentary elections and again in the 2019 parliamentary elections. Kari was elected Minister of the Environment and Climate in October 2021, when Krista Mikkonen became Minister of the Interior. Kari was appointed Minister of the Environment and Climate on 19 November 2021. Youth and family Kari lived in Espoo during her childhood. He attended Viherlaakso High School. Kari's spouse is Tapio Laakso. They have three children. Kari's father is former Coalition politician Ilkka J. Kari.

Studies

Kari studied environmental science and social policy at the University of Helsinki and has a master's degree in philosophy (2018).

Politics

Student Policy

Kari has been a member of the Representative Council of the University of Helsinki Student Union (HYY) since 2005. He chaired HYY's Environment Committee in 2005. In 2008, Kari was a member of HYY's Board with responsibility for social policy. In the same year, he also served as Vice-Chairman of the Student Aid Board of the University of Helsinki. Kari has been a member of the Board of the ViNO in 2007. Kari chaired the Helsinki Green Youth in 2008.

Municipal policy

Emma Kari was nominated for the first time in the 2008 municipal elections, and she was elected by the Helsinki City Council with 1,031 votes. He was the youngest member of the council at the time. In the period 2009–2012, Kari chaired the Youth Committee. Among other things, he took the initiative for a vegetarian day and defended the Roma. He served as a deputy member of the City Council in 2009–2010 and as Vice Chairman of the Green Council Group in 2010–2012. Kari renewed his position with 1,666 votes in the 2012 municipal elections. After being elected to parliament in the spring of 2015, Kari left both positions. In September 2015, Kari was elected chairman of the Early Childhood Education Board. In the municipal elections of 2021, Kari was elected with the fifth largest number of votes of the Greens.

European elections

Kari was nominated in the 2009 European elections and received 2,915 votes.

Parliament

Kari was nominated for the first time in the 2011 parliamentary elections. He received 2,124 votes and was not elected. In the spring 2015 parliamentary elections, Kari received 4,647 votes and was elected. He was a member of the Grand Committee and the Law Committee. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, Kari was re-elected with 6,716 votes.

Green

Kari has been a member of the Green Party delegation from 2009 to 2011 and an alternate member from 2011 to 2013. He worked as Anni Sinnemäki's parliamentary assistant in 2011–2013. In 2014, he was a special assistant to Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö.

Nonfiction

Kari has written a non-fiction book on the effects of industrial fishing, Kalavale - The Depleting Sea and the People on Its Shore (Into Kustannus, 2012) together with Kukka Ranta.

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