Last week, Italy’s education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, said that from next year public schools students in every class will have to study climate change and sustainability. The lessons, which were at first taught as part of the students’ civics education, will become integrated throughout a variety of subjects — a “Trojan horse” that will “infiltrate” all courses.
The Italian Government’s step to ensure that the young grow up as “sustainable citizens” couldn’t have come at a better time for two reasons. One, climate reports have been warning that the next 10 years are crucial for the world; and second, this year has seen the rise of several young leaders who have taken political leaders to task for recklessly causing and perpetuating life-threatening climate change. Global leaders must listen to the children, and leverage their energy and enthusiasm to hammer out the message to all strata of society about the clear and present danger.
All the countries of the world must learn from Italy, and invest in climate change education. Despite its impact on every facet of our lives, from social to economic, the issue is still languishing on the margins of our lives. The general public is still not talking enough about what we can do at a personal level to tackle the climate’s challenges.