Italy has become the first country to mandate climate change lessons for its public schools.
Italy’s education ministry is developing a curriculum centered around the 17 goals pinned by the UN Sustainable Development program related to tackling poverty, inequality and climate change.
The government has sought the help of scientific experts including Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Harvard Institute for International Development to finalize the content.
Once the new module is rolled out in September 2020, all students aged 6 to 19 will spend about 33 hours a year studying about the ongoing climate crisis and sustainability measures.
“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model, said Italian Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti to Reuters.
“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 continued.
A former political economy professor, Mr. Fioramonti represents the anti-establishment 5-Star party and has pushed for environmental policies ever since the party came to power in August.
He proposed taxes on flying, sugar-sweetened drinks and plastics and also encouraged students to bunk school and participate in climate strikes held last September drawing censure from his detractors.
His ideologies have also been denounced by rival party leader Matteo Salvini who feels the climate furor is overrated.
To undermine Salvini’s attempts, Fioramonti responded: “(This is exactly) the kind of nonsense we want to avoid by educating children that this is the most important challenge humanity has ever faced.
“I want to represent the Italy that stands against all the things that Salvini does.
“We have to build a different narrative and not be afraid of saying something Salvini may not like, because that’s why we exist,” he added.
While Italy’s government is trying to make strides towards a sustainable future, elsewhere, President Donald Trump officially backed out of the Paris accord by initiating the formal process of withdrawal.
To this Mr. Fioramonti said every country needs to play its part to stop the “Trumps of the world,” and feels the younger generation is ready to fill in the shoes.
“They are yearning to understand how the knowledge can be applied to foster sustainable development,” he told HuffPost.
“And they yearn for scientific education that can give meaning to their lives.”
He added: “The 21st century citizen must be a sustainable citizen.”
Do you think other countries should implement compulsory climate change education in schools? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
8 practical ways you get your loved ones to quit eating meat
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 31st March 2023
Eating meat has long been a contentious issue, with people often having strong opinions on both sides of the discussion. For those who are committed to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, it can be difficult to watch their loved ones continue to consume meat. However, there are ways to have a constructive and persuasive conversation …
Continue reading “8 practical ways you get your loved ones to quit eating meat”
The Lord of the Rings franchise under fire after horse dies on set for the second time
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 27th March 2023
PETA renews calls for Hollywood to replace animals with CGI Amazon’s television series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has come under fire after a horse died during rehearsals for a season 2 scene in the UK. The horse was one of about 30 on set that day and died of cardiac …
Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings franchise under fire after horse dies on set for the second time”
NEED A LAUGH?
All the quizzes you love to binge!
QUIZ: If you score 11/12 on this quiz, you’re a verified vegan food expert
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
Continue reading “QUIZ: If you score 11/12 on this quiz, you’re a verified vegan food expert”
QUIZ: What is your perfect Vegan Halloween Costume?
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
Continue reading “QUIZ: What is your perfect Vegan Halloween Costume?”
QUIZ: What kind of vegetable are you?
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …