Adam De Luca is a 2021 Juris Doctorate candidate at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
1) What is your role and how long have you been involved with CELA?
I am one of CELA’s law students and I have been here in this role for almost four months. I have been involved with CELA in other aspects for a year though.
2) What inspired you to get involved in environmental law and public policy?
Learning about the devastating and irreversible effects of climate change during my undergrad inspired me to advocate for the environment and people harmed by pollution and climate change.
3) What’s the most rewarding part of working/volunteering with CELA?
The most rewarding part about working with CELA is getting to watch the dedicated staff working tirelessly to protect human health and the environment. Being a part of the team for the last few months has really helped me learn how to use the tools I will need to continue advocating for better environmental protections.
4) What do you think is Canada’s biggest environmental challenge today?
I think Canada’s biggest environmental challenge would be the transition from a natural resource and carbon-heavy economy to a carbon free economy.
5) How do you think we can best approach this challenge?
I think policies need to be adopted that invest and create jobs in carbon neutral infrastructure development and renewable energy technologies. Rather than subsidizing natural resource extraction, we should be funding, developing, and enhancing clean infrastructure such as electric transportation networks, sustainable cities, and local closed-loop procurement systems that minimize waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
6) If you were the Leader of the World, what environmental law or policy would you implement?
If I were leader of the world, I would grant legal personhood to environmentally significant areas and non-human species. Doing so could help protect these areas and species from destruction, by providing them with some of the same protections afforded for humans.
7) When you’re not working on environmental legal issues, what do you like to do?
I really enjoy cooking (and more so eating). I love trying new ingredients and new cooking techniques to impress myself and take my mind off everything work related. I play the guitar and tenor saxophone, and even though I am a bit rusty now I have been trying to shake the rust off and get back into it. When I have the time, I play my old-school video games that I could not beat when I was a kid.