Italy makes climate change education obligatory

Katie Ramirez
November 8, 2019

CNN reported that the lessons on climate change and sustainability will be folded into existing civics classes, which will have an "environmentalist footprint" beginning in the new school year.

Fioramonti said all state 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.

Fioramonti is a 42-year-old lawmaker for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement party, which has a history of supporting environmental policies.

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

"The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model", he added.

"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.

Teachers will begin training for the new curriculum in January 2020, which will be created with the assistance of a panel of experts from Harvard and Oxford. "Forget that", Fioramonti said.

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For children age 6 to 11, he said, "we are thinking of using the fairy-tale model", in which stories from different cultures would emphasize a connection to the environment.

The syllabus will be based on the United Nation's 17 sustainable development goals, including how to live more sustainably, how to combat the pollution of the oceans and how to address poverty and social injustice.

The news comes as 11,000 scientists from around the world officially declared a "climate emergency" Tuesday, warning that it will lead to "untold suffering" if we continue on our current trajectory.

On the contrary, the USA became the first country to pull out of the Paris climate accord on Monday, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo submitted a formal notice to the UN.

Considering the fact that turning out to be minister, Fioramonti has been criticized by right-wing opposition parties for supporting placing college students protesting weather adjust and backing taxes on plastic and sugary drinks.

But younger generations have started taking climate action into their own hands, a movement Fioramonti wants to aid and encourage.

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 courageous, ' and stops letting Salvini set the news agenda.

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