Italy to Become First Country to Make Climate Change Study Compulsory in Schools

Italian students are set to embark on climate change study. Italian students in each grade are set to learn about the “climate emergency” our planet is facing.

Per Fioramonti, Italy will become the first country to adopt a climate change curriculum in their public schools. At the beginning of next year, schools will be forced to dedicate 33 hours per year to discussing the effects of climate change, per a report from Reuters.

Lorenzo Fioramonit is a 42-year-old lawmaker who is part of the 5-Star Movement Party, which is extremely far left and goes to any length to support environmental policies. The lessons will be divided into different lessons that will be worked into traditional school subjects including, math, physics and geography.

Climate Change Study Trailblazer Lorenzo Fioramonti

“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model,” Fioramonti said 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.”

More on the story from far-left CBS News:

Fioramonti told The New York Times that a group of environmental experts will help ministry staff prepare a curriculum. He said the ministry will be ready to train teachers by January. 

Different grades will take different approaches to the new curriculum, Fioramonti told The Times. Elementary-aged children will learn using what he called a “fairy-tale model” that connects the environment to stories from different cultures. By middle school, children will learn more technical information, and by high school, they will delve into the United Nations‘ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The news comes as 11,000 scientists from around the world officially declared a “climate emergency” Tuesday, warning that it will lead to “untold suffering” if we continue on our current trajectory. Additionally, the Earth just experienced it’s hottest-ever October, and the Trump administration started the formal process this week to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord — a pact in which nearly 200 countries set their own national targets for reducing or controlling pollution of heat-trapping gases.

Fioramonti has been criticized by conservatives in the past for pushing taxes on sugar and plastics and for encouraging students to skip classes to participate in “Fridays for Future” protests, a global movement led by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

But younger generations have started taking climate action into their own hands, a movement Fioramonti wants to aid and encourage. 

“The 21st-century citizen,” Fioramonti said, “must be a sustainable citizen.”

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No matter where you stand on climate change, this is an extremely bizarre move, to have children studying something like this. Once they become more mature and are in college, sure, let them study what they want. As is already the case. Forcing this stuff on our children is a very strange move.

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