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Fettes student wins prestigious national climate change essay competition

Upper Sixth form student Emily B, has won a prestigious school essay competition, which was open to students nationwide in 2023.   

The competition, run by the Royal Geographical Society in partnership with the Financial Times, asked entrants to write an article of no more than 1,000 words to answer a question on what risks are associated with climate change and what we as a nation should be doing about them. 

Emily’s article, titled ‘How to tackle the risks of climate change’, is published on FT.com as her prize. 

Emily said: “I feel really honoured to have won the Royal Geographical Society’s competition and to have the essay published. Climate change is a topic I am really passionate about and writing the essay challenged my ideas about what the most significant risks and effective solutions are. This experience has made me even more excited to study Geography at university.”  

Mrs Nicol, Teacher of Geography said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Emily and we’re so pleased her work has been published on such a well-respected website. At Fettes we know how important it is to educate students about the world’s future, including the climate crisis. Emily’s initiative inspires me and gives me hope for our future; students want to take opportunities on offer beyond the classroom and their action will evoke people’s interest in climate change mitigation. Well done to everyone who took part.” 

The Society runs the annual competition, which was open to sixth form geography students aged 16-18, in partnership with the Financial Times as part of its education programme to support geography teachers and their pupils.   

Read Emily’s winning essay here.