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Teaching students about climate change and their environment towards a sustainable future

As the Director of Fairgreen International School, nestled within the Sustainable City of Dubai, I am honoured to lead an institution that is passionately dedicated to its mission of providing exceptional international education while embracing sustainability in all its forms. At Fairgreen, our vision is clear and compelling: to be an exemplary learning community that promotes purposeful and innovative solutions for a sustainable world.

At Fairgreen, we believe that education is a powerful tool for change and that understanding and addressing climate change is a fundamental part of preparing our students for the future. We are committed to instilling in our students a deep sense of environmental stewardship and a passion for sustainability. We understand that young minds are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the change-makers of today.

Our journey towards creating environmentally conscious global citizens begins with a comprehensive curriculum that integrates sustainability into every aspect of learning. From science and mathematics to the arts and humanities, our students explore the interconnectedness of our world and the impact of human actions on the environment.  Sustainability is not a standalone subject at Fairgreen; it is interwoven into every facet of our educational experience.   As a fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum school, interdisciplinary learning is a key part of our guiding principles (our School Pillars).

For example, in our science classes, students learn about the science behind climate change, including the greenhouse effect, rising temperatures, and the consequences for ecosystems. In mathematics, they analyse data related to environmental trends and explore mathematical models to understand climate patterns. In literature and art, they express their understanding of environmental issues through creative writing, artwork, and discussions.  The interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum allows us to create meaningful links between each of these subject areas for students to make real-world connections.

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One of our standout initiatives at Fairgreen is the "Fairgreen Fresh" program. This initiative allows students to actively participate in growing vegetables and greens in our vertical and rooftop gardens on campus. This hands-on experience not only teaches them valuable gardening skills but also provides a profound understanding of where their food comes from and the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Rachel, a Grade 7 student, enthusiastically shares her experience, "Working in the gardens has changed the way I think about food. I used to take it for granted, but now I appreciate the effort it takes to grow it sustainably. It's a small step, but I feel like I'm contributing to a better future."

Fairgreen is proud to be a part of Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program, a global youth-led initiative that empowers young people to make positive changes in their communities and for the environment. Dr. Jane Goodall's visit to our school last year left an indelible mark on our students and reinforced the importance of their actions in the global context.

John, a Grade 9 student, reflects on Dr. Goodall's visit, "Meeting Dr. Jane Goodall was a life-changing experience. Her passion for wildlife conservation and her message of hope inspired me to do more for our planet. It made me realise that even as students, we can make a difference."  Our collaboration with Roots & Shoots provides our students with a global perspective on environmental issues and reinforces the idea that their actions can have a meaningful impact beyond the boundaries of our school.

To foster a deeper connection between our students and the natural world, we regularly organise trips to the bio-domes located in the Sustainable City. These biodomes serve as living laboratories where students can observe and study different ecosystems. These immersive experiences not only reinforce classroom learning but also instill a profound appreciation for the environment.

Alexander, a Grade 5 student, expresses his excitement about these trips, "The biodome trips are like stepping into a different world. It's incredible to see how ecosystems work and how everything is connected. It's made me want to protect our planet even more."

In recognition of our unwavering commitment to sustainability, Fairgreen recently received the prestigious Green Flag award. This global recognition signifies our dedication to environmental education, sustainable practices, and our efforts to reduce our ecological footprint.  Emma, a Grade 12 student, shares her pride in this achievement, "Winning the Green Flag is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire school community. It's not just a symbol of our commitment to sustainability, but also a reminder that we are on the right path towards a more sustainable future."

Teaching students about climate change is not just about raising awareness; it is about fostering informed and empowered citizens who can drive positive change in the world. Climate change poses one of the most significant challenges to humanity, and the younger generation will bear the brunt of its consequences. We must equip them with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be part of the solution.


Our approach to teaching climate change is not limited to one-dimensional instruction; it involves open discussions, debates, and projects that allow students to explore climate-related issues from different angles. These discussions extend beyond science classes and permeate literature, art, and ethics. By weaving climate change education into the fabric of our curriculum, we ensure that students view it as an essential aspect of their education.

Our goal as educators is not only to educate but also to empower. We want the students to understand that they have the power to influence change, regardless of their age. Through initiatives like Fairgreen Fresh and Roots & Shoots, they actively participate in sustainability efforts and see the real-world impact of their actions. We believe that sustainability is not a trend but a way of life, and it starts with the choices we make every day.

To instill this mindset, we incorporate sustainable practices into our daily operations. From waste reduction and energy conservation to eco-friendly transportation options, our school embodies the values we impart to our students. By living what we teach, we lead by example.

As the School Director of Fairgreen, I am immensely proud of the impact we are making and the young leaders we are nurturing. Our students are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the change-makers of today, and they are well-equipped to shape a brighter, more sustainable future.

By Mr. Edward Pearce School Director Fairgreen International School