Laura Palmese-Hernandez

Country representing





  • UNITEC Honduras
  • Magna Cum Laude

Current organisation

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Current role

Environmental Legal Consultant

Skills and Expertise

Climate change
Human rights
Project management

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


When I was in Oregon, I learned of the Public Trust Doctrine and participated of the public hearings of Our Children's Trust. I was impacted of the public awareness of climate change and the understanding of the fact that the Government is accountable for taking action. I was also invited to talk to school kids about how climate change affected my country, even though our economy was so small and most people don't understand at all what climate change is about. My first understanding of climate justice was about the injustice of dealing with the impacts of climate change without proper tools, infrastructure, enough resources and mostly without contributing as much as other developed nations that produce/consume more and generate more greenhouse gases. Climate justice would mean then to me that the most contributors to climate change pay for the consequences, but aknowledging that money won't solve the future consequences and cannot pay for all the loss, it would never be justice. Then, environmental leader Berta Caceres was murdered because of opposing to a so-called climate-friendly project (a hydroelectric dam), when in the United States this type of projects were actually being removed from the rivers to allow them to flow. Several laws have been enacted in my country to ""address climate change"", like promote fast-track for green energy projects such as dams and waste-to-energy and even a climate change law that promotes generation of biodiesel from african palm plantations instead of preserving natural forests. I understood that we also were dealing with the consequences of bad experimental ""solutions,"" where foreign and local companies are only in for making money and not helping the planet. I now think climate justice is about regulating corporate power and regaining it for the people. Since then, I have brought to the table issues that were invisible to most people and get them jump in the bandwagon to contribute to the solution together.