Italy introduces mandatory climate change lessons in schools

Italy is to become the first country to make climate change lessons compulsory in schools, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti announced.

When children return to class in September 2020 after their summer holidays, their annual curriculum will also include 33 hours — approximately one per school week — dedicated to climate change and sustainable development.

“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,” Fioramonti explained to Reuters.

“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,” he added.

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