Who are you?
Hej allihopa! I’m Quentin, 24 years old, passionate about music. I’m a young engineer double-graduated from an engineering school about water, energy and environment in Grenoble and from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. I am doing a voluntary community service in a student association that aims to foster the ecological and social transition processes in French higher education: this association is called the COP2 Étudiante.
What made you aware of ecological issues?
I was already a little aware of environmental issues through my studies and various student associations at school. But it’s especially since my Erasmus in Sweden in 2019, where I started to seriously reduce my consumption of meat and non-local products, initially for economic reasons … I then had the opportunity to talk with Greta and her friends who helped me understand the importance of social struggles and their connection to climate issues. Then I traveled to Europe and I clearly noticed the impact of our lifestyles on our environment but I was also inspired by other ways of living.
Why/why did you get involved in Up For Europe?
This year I am involved in this association full time to develop a more systemic and complex vision of the world, stepping out of my comfort zone and out of the technical sphere of engineering. I wish to live a strong and multicultural social experience: to go, meet and interview directly the young Europeans who are gonna build tomorrow’s world and make them aware of the stakes that await them before creating new imaginaries. Lastly, I am eager to see what levers for concrete actions are available to young people at the European Commission.
3 adjectives for tomorrow’s world / Europe?
Dreamy, United, Resilient.
Last work that marked you?
Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, who, by retracing our history from its beginnings, provides very interesting and well-founded explanations on how human history has been shaped through 3 major stages: the cognitive revolution, the agricultural revolution and the scientific revolution. Check it out! 😉