Italy to make climate change study compulsory in schools


"There will be more attention to climate change when teaching those traditional subjects", he explained.

Italy will become the first country in the world to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students, with 33 hours a year being incorporated into the national curriculum from September 2020.

Hinting at how the climate crisis will be taught, Fioramonti said that for children aged between six and 11, the ministry was thinking of using "the fairy-tale model", where stories from different cultures will be used to inform them about environmental challenges.

"This is a new model of civic education centred on sustainable development and climate change", the minister told The Telegraph. Students from grades first through high school will all receive these lessons.

Fioramonti said that despite initial opposition to his ideas, the government seemed increasingly invested in greener policies.

Fioramonti's proposals have also come under direct fire from Matteo Salvini, Italy's climate-denying prime minister, whose far-right League voted against nearly all key climate proposals in the last parliament.

Mr Fioramonti acknowledged he became confident the coalition would last the relaxation of the legislature however that despite the reality that it does no longer, his initiative will live to screech the tale.

"I need to make the Italian training framework the main instruction framework that puts the earth and society at the center of all that we learn in school".

The warming climate in Italy and across southern Europe has already created climate concerns in the country. This past September roads were closed in Valle d'Aosta region as precaution in case chunks of ice from the mountain glaciers would break off.

And today in New Zealand, lawmakers passed a bill aimed at combating climate change.

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. According to a report by the Universal Ecological Fund this week, the vast majority of carbon emission reduction pledges countries made under the 2016 Paris Accord aren't almost enough to keep global warming in check stating that almost three-quarters of national pledges are "insufficient".