Italy to include climate change on school curricula

A fire in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil September 2019

A fire in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil September 2019 Credit AFP

He also made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "I want Italy to become a leader against climate change, being the first country to make sustainable development the cornerstone of our new education and research approach".

Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said under a new law, all state schools will dedicate around an hour a week to sustainability and climate change issues, amounting to around 33 hours a year.

The 30 hours will be spread throughout the school year, with roughly one hour of instruction as part of a general civics class per week; however, Fioramonti explained that it will eventually become integrated into all traditional subjects, including geography, mathematics, and physics - "a sort of "Trojan horse" that will "infiltrate" all courses".

Furthermore, Fioramonti said that the programme will be overseen by a number of climate experts including Kate Raworth of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute and the Harvard Institute for International Development's director, Jeffrey D Sachs. In other countries, like Australia, the government has given schools the liberty to decide if they want to include climate change education in their curriculum or not.

Fioramonti, 42, the writer of a few books contending total national output should never again be utilized as the fundamental proportion of nations' financial achievement, has been an objective of the conservative resistance since turning into a priest in the two-month-old administration of 5-Star and the middle left Democratic Party.

"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.

Italian students in every grade are about to get schooled in the climate emergency facing our planet.

He went to the extent of proposing taxes on airline tickets, plastic, and sugary foods in order to generate funds for education and welfare which was criticised and not accepted.

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.

"Italy will be the first country in the world to adopt this framework", Fioramonti said. "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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