When it comes to climate change, Italy is taking steps forward by ensuring that their youth are all aware of the topic. This year, Italy is the first county to include mandatory hours about the climate change. There will be 33 hours in the year to the curriculum, according to Lorenzo Fioramonti, Minister of Education.
The youth are taking stands and more concerns to the environment and climate change after the lead of Greta Thunberg. However, the future generation of Italy will be more aware of what our planet faces. This will be just one step of what Italy is doing to remain the sustainability for the climate at the center of education.
Fioramonti’s spokesperson Vincenzo Cramarossa stated:“ The idea is that the citizens of the future need to be ready for the climate emergency.” To achieve this, the mandatory teaching hours will be combined in civic classes. Also, sustainability will appear as a topic in the regular classes like math, physics and geography.
The ministry has composed a panel of scientists to guide the project. The panel includes Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development and American economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin. “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,” says Fioramonti.
Fioramonti belongs to the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. He was criticized for supporting students who expostulate about the climate change. Also, he received a backlash for proposed taxes on airline tickets, plastic, and sugary foods in order to fund education. However, the plastic and sugar tax have both be incorporated into the government’s 2020 budget, a sign that Italy is ready for progressive change.