Blog: Faces of CELA, Ava Rice

Ava is a Professional Communication student graduating from Ryerson University in 2021.

1) What is your role and how long have you been involved with CELA?
I have been a communications intern at CELA since January 2021. My role involved creating social media content as well as graphic and web design work to create a consistent look and feel for CELA across all social media platforms. In addition, I restructured the website for the Low-Income Energy Network and designed graphics for this organization, as well as for the RentSafe project.

2) What inspired you to get involved in environmental law and public policy?
My exposure to the devastating effects of climate change happening in the community that I grew up in motivated me to lend my skillsets to CELA to aid in the mission of the organization to protect human health and our environment.

3) What’s the most rewarding part of working with CELA?
It was both an honour and a pleasure to work alongside such a passionate team. The most rewarding part of working with CELA was being a part of this dedicated group advocating for the environment through law reform and policy.

4) What do you think is Canada’s biggest environmental challenge today?
I think that Canada’s biggest environmental challenge today is the impact of climate change in relation to our industrial and economic dependence on carbon-heavy infrastructures instead of renewable energy.

5) How do you think we can best approach this challenge?
Investing in sustainable, carbon-reduced sources of energy can help combat this challenge. Implementing green energy and technology can help Canada transition into a more environmentally conscious nation.

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 implement a policy to reduce human impact on the environment through the mandatory implementation of mitigation practices. In turn, the effects of environmentally damaging projects will be directly negated by allocating funds to projects that reverse the damage done to the environment. While programs like the mandatory carbon tax are a good start, these policies need to be more extensive and stricter to nullify environmental impacts. Carbon-neutrality is not enough – the world needs to be carbon negative.

7) When you’re not working on environmental issues, what do you like to do?
In my spare time, I love baking for family and friends, getting into a good book, playing board games and spending time outside, especially in the summer months!