From 2020, school students of every grade in Italy will be required to study sustainability and discuss climate change. This attempt makes the country the world’s first to make climate change education mandatory.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Italy’s education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti made the announcement.
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 https://t.co/T1DjsJgOIf
— Lorenzo Fioramonti (@lofioramonti) November 5, 2019
“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,” Fioramonti told Reuters.
An outspoken supporter of green policies, Fioramonti’s new model of civic education will be rolled out to all state schools. This will also require them to spend an hour every week on sustainability studies. In addition to this, traditional subjects like math, physics and geography will be studied from a sustainability standpoint.
The syllabus will be based on United Nation’s sustainable development goals, including responsible consumption and production, combatting ocean pollution and poverty amongst other things.
In a recent poll conducted by NPR, more than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. At a time when the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Italy’s decision comes at a crucial time, and is being looked at as a welcome change.
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) November 6, 2019