How do you get people to learn about what’s happening to the planet? You make it mandatory for all students to learn about it! That’s right—one country is making climate change a subject that must be taught in school, similar to subjects such as math and science. Earlier this month, Italy became the first country to require that students in all grades receive environmental education. Where did this idea come from? Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti. Fioramonti has made it his number one priority to redesign the national curriculum so that students are prepared to deal with the environmental emergencies they might face in the future. Fioramonti says, “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 …” While some are praising his efforts, others aren’t so much. Those who don’t believe in the climate crisis think that Fioramonti is forcing his belief onto children. After all, he belongs to an environmental activist group and has always voted to tax plastic and other environmentally harmful products—is he just trying to push his beliefs onto the entire country? What do you think? Should all students be required to learn about the climate crisis? Why?
November 16, 2019