Aian is passionate about youth engagement and involvement in decision-making about environmental issues. He has strong history of working with youth at various levels of leadership and brings this expertise to the program development role at GreenLearning.
What inspired you to pursue this career path and how did you get started in this field?
When it comes to tackling environmental issues, youth have the opportunity to play a central role. As a young person who has often seen the perspectives of youth underrepresented or underappreciated in the conversations surrounding environmental issues, I have made it an essential part of my work to engage youth and enable them to take on roles of leadership when confronting environmental issues. I have worked with several environmental non-profit organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. My role at GreenLearning allows me to continue my work with youth through education and to position young people as key players in addressing environmental challenges.
What type of work does your current job involve?
As one of GreenLearning’s program managers, I lead the development of new educational modules, particularly in the area of green economy. I work closely with the rest of our program team to align our modules with provincial curricula and ensure our materials reflect best practices in pedagogy and environmental education. I have a background in environmental economics, and I recognize there are significant opportunities in developing innovative teaching tools and getting youth excited about an emergent field.
What are some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now and how did you overcome them?
One of the most exciting yet challenging features of environmental economics is how quickly the field can evolve, especially in light of new laws and policies. Carbon pricing, for example, is a promising strategy for reducing our emissions, but it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with how a carbon pricing policy might operate at different levels of government or affect different groups of people. To stay afloat, I try to set aside time during my mornings to read news and journal articles covering recent developments in the field.
What advice do you have for students who would like to pursue a career path that is similar to yours?
Environmental economics is one of many fields that a student with an interest in environmental issues might choose to explore. A good starting point is to enroll in courses related to business, commerce, math, economics, or natural resource management.