Beginning in September, Italy will become the first country to mandate “climate change studies in classrooms alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
Lorenzo Fioramonti, Italy’s Education Minister, announced his decision to require 6 to 19 year olds to have a minimum of one hour a week on topics like ocean pollution, sustainable living and renewable resources as well as to incorporate the environmental theme across the Italian curriculum. Subjects like geography and physics would be taught from a view towards sustainable development or the impact from human actions from certain areas.
“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model, “ Mr. Fioramonti told Reuters.ABC:
Fioramonti has also proposed increasing taxes on plastic and airplane tickets with revenues slated to fight issues related to climate change.