I am a Green member of the Finnish Parliament and a minister of the environment and climate change in the Finnish Government. I work to make Finland the world’s first carbon-neutral welfare society and to stop biodiversity loss.
I want Finland to be a country which is equal, takes care of its environment, protects its nature, looks after its weaker citizens, fights against poverty and bears its global responsibility.
I want to secure the high quality of our educational system, because know-how is our only way forward. New jobs can be created through a renewable energy revolution; in this, Eastern Finland stands in a key position. A sustainable economy respects the environment.
The welfare state must not be dismantled, but its structures have to be changed to meet today’s needs. Some of the means to remove insecurity in our everyday lives are basic income, a better adjustment of work and family, the ability to work shorter hours according to one’s life situation and making enterprising easier. Everyone should have the right to a safe childhood and a good old age.
As a Joensuu city councilor, this is my fifth term. I have been a chair of the Green group of the city council and chair of the recreation board. I acted as a vice chair of the Greens of Finland 2011-2015. I was first chosen to the Parliament in 2015. I became a member of Defence Committee and the chair of the Green parliamentary group. I am persistent, committed and efficient at my political work and I have been complimented for my achievements across party boundaries.
My family consists of three school-aged boys and a husband who is a brewery entrepreneur. I am a biologist by education, and in addition to biology, I have work experience as a coordinator and project leader in sports association planning and waste management. When the children were small, I was a stay-at-home mother and we lived in Kenya for a time. In my free time I am an avid board game player and cultural consumer.