Italy to introduce climate change in school curriculum

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Italy’s government has announced that climate change and sustainable development will be made compulsory in state schools beginning from next year.

This makes the European country the first in the world to adopt the framework.

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 minister added that more traditional subjects such as geography, mathematics and physics would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development from the start of the next academic year in September 2020.

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.

Fioramonti is the Italian government’s most vocal supporter of green policies and was criticised by the opposition in September for encouraging students to skip school and take part in climate protests.




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