Italy is setting trends in more than just the fashion world with Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti introducing mandatory classes on Climate Change and Sustainable Living in all schools.
WHAT? DOES THAT MEAN MORE HOMEWORK?
The decision, which will come into full effect once school starts after the 2020 summer vacation show that Fioramonti clearly believes that in order for any real action to be taken to prevent the terrible consequences of climate change, it in students and the younger generation who must be educated and made aware of the issues.
Students in Italy have been participating in the Fridays for Future initiative started by Greta Thunberg (more on that here) and this new curriculum is a step further in the right direction.
Greta herself famously said in an TV Interview that she believes the older generations are less concerned about climate change and the environment because they won’t be around to experience the terrible consequences of what we are doing to the planet.
SO? THEN WHAT?
Minister Fioramonti’s Climate Change curriculum consists of approximately 33 hours of compulsory lessons on how to live a greener, more sustainable life. That is one for every week of the school year. Even traditional subjects like geography, science and maths will be taught with a focus on sustainability and a cleaner, greener tomorrow.
Hopefully more countries will follow in Italy’s footsteps and make education about climate change mandatory in all schools.
Written by: Disha Mirchandani. Disha is a former lawyer turned freelance content writer. She is a fitness enthusiast and amateur aerialist with her own fitness photo-blog as well.