Students in Italy will receive a lesson on climate change

Pablo Tucker
November 8, 2019

"I want to make the Italian education system the first education system in that put the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school", he said. His views are the opposite of rival party leader Matteo Salvini, who has questioned the validity of climate change.

In a meeting in his Rome office on Monday, Fioramonti said all state schools would commit 33 hours out of every year, very almost one hour for each school week, to environmental change issues from the beginning of the following scholastic year in September. At the beginning you will do so as part of the Education for Citizenship, which will also be mandatory from the next academic year, after 30 years of absence- in the framework of a pilot project whose ultimate goal is to incorporate the climate agenda of the United Nations throughout the curriculum.

"The whole service is being changed to make maintainability and atmosphere the focal point of the training model", Fioramonti told Reuters in the meeting directed in familiar English.

The Ministry of Education plans to enlist the support of environmental experts including Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Harvard Institute for International Development, and Kate Raworth of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute to help prepare the new targets in the curriculum for each grade and will include suggestions on best methods to engage each age group.

In addition, sustainable development will appear in more traditional subjects, such as geography, maths and physics, Cramarossa said. It's crucial that they are educated on climate change and school is the best place to start.

He was elected to Italy's parliament in March 2018 for the populist Five-Star Movement and was promoted minister in September after his party entered into a coalition with the centre-left Democratic Party.

A member of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), Fioramonti is the government's most vocal supporter of green policies and was criticised by the right-wing opposition in September for encouraging students to skip school and take part in climate protests.

Fioramonti said the new government, which has got off to a shaky start with weeks of bickering over the budget, 'will only last if it is fearless, ' and stops letting Salvini set the news agenda.

"I was ridiculed by everyone and treated like a village idiot, and now a few months later the government is using two of those proposals and it seems to me more and more people are convinced it is the way to go". "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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