Italy schools to teach climate change from next year
We all know the importance of nature, but how many actually do anything about it? Well, at least a few people are taking the initiative.
From next year, Italian school students in every grade will be required to study climate change and sustainability, in an attempt to position the country as a world leader in environmental education.
Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said all public schools will include about 33 hours a year in their curricula to study issues linked to climate change.
Many traditional subjects, such as geography, mathematics and physics, would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development.
A panel of scientific experts, including Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development, and American economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, will help the ministry redevelop the national curriculum to pay more attention to climate change and sustainability.
Now that’s some class, we say!