Italy to introduce climate change in school curriculum

Pablo Tucker
November 10, 2019

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory.

In an interview in Rome, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said all state primary and secondary schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, nearly one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September.

Italian students in every grade are about to get schooled in the climate emergency facing our planet. The Education Ministry will develop the curriculum with the help of scientific experts.

With this, the Italian education system will be the first system that puts the environment and climate first before anything else.

Fioramonti, from the rebellious 5-Star Movement, is the administration's most vocal supporter of green approaches and was scrutinized by the restriction in September for urging understudies to play hooky and partake in atmosphere fights. As a Five Star Movement minister, he is a known proponent of radical redistribution, proposing to tax airline tickets, plastics and sugary foods to fund education.

His opponents in Italy have roundly rejected these ideas.

Despite the criticism, the government's 2020 budget presented to parliament this week included both the plastic tax and a new tax on sugary drinks.

"I have been ridiculed by all as the fool of the village, and now the Government is using two of my proposals and it seems to me that more and more people are convinced that this is the way to go", said Fioramonti.

In addition, sustainable development will look in more conventional topics, this kind of as geography, maths and physics, Cramarossa explained.

An economics professor at South Africa's Pretoria University, Fioramonti told Reuters in an interview that the entire ministry "is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model".

The plan, a brainchild of Fioramonti, seeks to create a generation of students familiar with the causes and risks associated with climate change.

But when President Trump began pulling the United States out of the historic Paris Agreement this week, Fioramonti said that all countries should do their part to stop the "triumphs of the world, quot; and that his ambition was to show children that there was another way". "We have to build a different narrative and not be afraid of saying something Salvini may not like, because that's why we exist".

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