Italy to become first country to make climate change lessons compulsory in schools
Italy is set to become the world’s first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools from the next year, Italy Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti told Reuters.
Fioramonti, who is a vocal supporter of green policies, was criticized by the opposition for encouraging students to skip school to take part in climate change protests.
How will Italian schools teach about climate change?
As per the Reuters report, Fioramonti said that all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September.
Fioramonti, who is a former economics professor at South Africa’s Pretoria University, said that traditional subjects like geography, mathematics and physics, would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development.
“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model,” Fioramonti told Reuters.
“I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school,” he added.
Other progressive proposals by Italy Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti
Fioramonti has also preposed other sustainable and progressive policies in the Italian government such as a plastic tax, a tax on sugary drinks, and new taxes on airlines considering that plastic, sugar and air travel are some of the most damaging factors to health and environment.
Fioramonti said that targeted taxes like these could discourage certain types of consumption which could harm individuals or the planet while also generating resources for schools, welfare or lowering income tax.
The education minister has also suggested levies on oil drilling profits and certain types of sports gambling.
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