Italy adds climate change to school curriculum

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 8, 2019

In an interview in his Rome office on Monday, Fioramonti said all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, nearly one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September.

Fioramonti is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and has been an outspoken supporter of green and progressive policies.

The measure, which requires the topic to be studied for about one hour per week, will go into effect starting next year, Lorenzo Fioramonti confirmed through social media.

The minister, a former professor of Economics, University of Pretoria, in south Africa, also has been reported that the teachers taught lessons on environment and sustainable development at all stages of compulsory education.

"The thought is that the citizens of the long term have to have to be ready for the local weather emergency", Cramarossa said.

His proposals for new taxes on airline tickets, plastic and sugary foods to raise funds for education were also slammed by critics who said Italians were already over-taxed.

His opponents in Italy have roundly rejected these ideas.

However, the government's 2020 budget, presented to parliament this week, included a tax on both plastic and sugary drinks.

"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.

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.

Fioramonti's vision for an environmentally sustainable curriculum comes at a time when young people such as Greta Thunberg and students in groups like Extinction Rebellion are leading the political charge in taking climate change more seriously.

For Fioramonti, climate change is just one of Italy's existential threats.

But as President Donald Trump began pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris Agreement this week, Fioramanti said that every country needed to do its part to stop the "Trumps of the world" and that his ambition was to show children there was another way. "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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