Italy Becomes The First Country To Make Climate Change Lessons Compulsory In School

Italy Becomes The First Country To Make Climate Change Lessons Compulsory In School

After 11,000 scientists recently warned about the climate emergency, Italy has now set an example and became the first country to make climate change lessons mandatory in school.

The debate around climate emergency is growing each passing day. Recently, 11,000 scientists from all over the world warned all the human population saying if we don't take a step now, we all will face "untold suffering due to the climate crisis”.

As reported by The Guardian, the scientists said, "We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”



The scientists added, "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”

In such a dire period, Italy has now set an example for all the countries in the world by becoming the first nation to make climate change study compulsory in schools. 



The rule is going to be implemented from next year where school students in every grade will have to study climate change and sustainability. This is Italy's attempt to position the country as a world leader in environmental education.

The Educational Minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who is also a member of the Five Star Movement announced that all the public schools will include about 33 hours a year in their curriculum where they will study about various issues associated with climate change. 



The lessons will be included in the existing civics studies and the textbooks will consist of a new "environmentalist footprint" from September 2020, reported CNN.

Vincenzo Cramarossa, Fioramonti's spokesman said, "The idea is that the citizens of the future need to be ready for the climate emergency." 



Apart from sustainable development, climate change studies will also be included in subjects like geography, maths, and physics, Cramarossa said. He added, "There will be more attention to climate change when teaching those traditional subjects." Fioramonti comes from an economics background and he is also a residing professor at Pretoria University in South Africa. 



In a conversation with Reuters, he said, "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 also mentioned that he will be assisted by a panel of scientific experts that will include Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia University's Center for Sustainable Development, and American economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin. All of them will help develop the curriculum for the entire education system in Italy. 



Cramarossa said, "It's a world's first to have a (compulsory) national education in that sense." Since Fioramonti has become a minister, he has been criticized multiple times by the right-winged opposition parties for his support to the students protesting climate change. 

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