As leaders from government, NGOs, businesses, and civil society gathered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the UN’s climate change conference, Ans Irfan, MD, EdD, DrPH, ScD, MPH, MRPL, associate professor of clinical population and public health sciences, challenged his students to apply their climate knowledge blended with their creativity, imagination, and leadership skills to create effective solutions to tackle climate crises.

This year’s conference theme, “Climate Action Can’t Wait,” is reflective of the practice that Irfan incorporates in his teaching, bringing world events to the classroom and steering education toward social innovation and change. He empowers students to see the urgency of the climate crisis through “affect-based learning” and inspires students to become allies for assessments that are rooted in climate solutions while helping to position them as global climate thinkers.

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