Introduction

What is the triple bottom line? How do your actions and purchases impact your immediate community and the global community? This theme focuses on the ways in which schools might consider their purchasing policy to encourage environmental, economic and social sustainability. Students and teachers are encouraged to positively impact local and global communities through making changes to existing systems or starting a project from scratch such as only purchasing fair trade certified chocolate for the school canteen, organic, fair trade coffee and local products for staff rooms or maybe eliminating palm oil products in the school food tech labs.

Some key words and concepts in the Fair Go theme

• Social Justice
• The Triple Bottom Line (Environmental, Economic & Social Sustainability)
• Fair Trade
• Sustainable production and consumption
• Global Citizenship
• Equality & Diversity

‘Sustainability is the “long-term, cultural, economic and environmental health and vitality” with emphasis on long-term, “together with the importance of linking our social, financial, and environmental well-being.”’
-Sustainable Seattle

“…Let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us strive to build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.”
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Teaching Ideas

Fair Go Teaching Idea – Is it Fair
Fair Go Teaching Idea – The School Wallet
Fair Go Teaching Idea – Our Place

Fair Go Teaching Idea – Stepping up to Sustainable Goals

Action Project Ideas

These ideas can be projects for the Eco-Committee, or extension activities from the teaching ideas above: 

• Develop a charitable project which gives students an opportunity to positively impact those in un-fair, dangerous, and disadvantaged situations
• Organise an education and awareness campaign on one of the issues that emerge during your exploration of Fair Go concepts. You could invent a campaign or support an existing campaign, such as World Environment Day, World Fair Trade Day.
• Audit the school’s purchasing choices against Fair Go principles.
• Create a Fair Go policy (or checklist or decision tree) based on Fair Go principals which could be circulated to the school community to help people to make sustainable choices when buying things.

Resource Links

Oxfam Global Citizenship Education
Caritas Australia Schools Resources End Poverty, Promote Justice, Uphold Dignity
Fairtrade Foundation
Fairtrade Foundation UK School Resources 
UNESCO Information Page on Global Citizenship
Wikipedia Page on Global Citizenship Education

Please contact eco-schools@kab.org.au to tell us your ideas for how Eco-Schools in Australia can tackle the theme of “Fair Go”.

Has your school already worked on this theme? Please share your experience with other schools by submitting a Case Study Template form.