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Fairgreen International School has launched an eco-friendly challenge for students and the community to embrace sustainable New Year’s resolutions that will contribute to protecting the planet and overall health and wellbeing.

Starting in 2019 the #Fairgreen12 Challenge encourages the public to submit eco-resolutions they are committing to in the new year by uploading images and videos of their pledge onto social media, choosing from one or more of the 12 challenges that have been set by the school.

As the region’s first fully sustainable school, Fairgreen’s educational programme is driven by academic achievement and innovation, offering a curriculum that incorporates sustainability in all its forms. The school’s campus in Dubai’s Sustainable City provides the ultimate learning environment for future generations to play a leading role in building a sustainable future.  Designed to have minimal environmental impact the school is powered by solar energy, recycles water for agricultural use and utilizes the community’s biodome for health and wellness learning experiences.

“Each of us has the opportunity to make a positive impact on the future of our planet but what is integral to this is educating future generations. One goal at Fairgreen is to create a learning environment that instils the knowledge and habits of sustainability so that together we build a conscious learning community that can make a true impact in the years ahead,” said Mr Graeme Scott, the Founding Director of Fairgreen International School.

According to The Global Footprint Network, humanity exhausted nature’s budget for the year 2018 by August 4, declared as the Earth Overshoot Day. Developed countries such as US, Canada, Denmark and Australia, reached their individual Overshoot Days much earlier, in March 2018. Which means that in three months of the year, they had used up one year’s worth of natural resources. Since the 1970s, humanity has been in ecological overshoot, with annual demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate each year.  Globally, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.7 Earths to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.

“This eco-challenge is just one of the ways we can encourage people to take up resolutions that make a real difference to our environment with added wellbeing benefits. The 12 simple pledges have the potential to reduce our collective carbon footprint. The contribution of our students, teachers and parents are not only raising awareness on ways to have a greener and healthier future but are setting a good example for the rest of the community, ” he added.

Below are the #Fairgreen12 Eco Resolutions that the public is encouraged to participate in for 2019. Anyone can upload images and videos on social media using the hashtag to encourage peers to take part in building a brighter future.

  1. Plant a tree or grow your own food – promoting healthy food choices and educating sustainable practices.
  2. Walk or cycle – Brisk walking can help maintain a healthy lifestyle
  3. Use public transportation – transportation plays a significant role in the world’s carbon emissions
  4. Use your own water bottle – reduce plastic waste
  5. Get creative with recycling – recycle waste for arts and crafts projects
  6. Unplug unused appliances – avoid unnecessary consumption of energy
  7. Remember your reusable bag to avoid added plastic usage
  8. Recycle – Examine unused items to see if they can be repurposed instead of throwing away
  9. Hang your laundry to dry – to reduce energy consumption
  10. Reusable containers – for packing your lunch and if you buy lunch out, take a stainless-steel container and bamboo/recycled cutlery
  11. Reduce your shower time by one minute – to save water
  12. Switch to paperless – arrange for any paper bills to be switched to paperless