Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said all public schools will include about 33 hours a year in their curricula to study issues linked to climate change.
The lessons will be built into existing civics classes, which will have an “environmentalist footprint” from September 2020, Vincenzo Cramarossa, Fioramonti’s spokesman, told CNN.
“The idea is that the citizens of the future need to be ready for the climate emergency,” Cramarossa said.
In addition, sustainable development will appear in more traditional subjects, such as geography, maths and physics, Cramarossa said.
“There will be more attention to climate change when teaching those traditional subjects,” he explained.
Fioramonti, an economics professor at South Africa’s Pretoria University, told Reuters in an interview that the entire ministry “is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model.”