Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti
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This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues. It will also be woven into the curriculum of many of the traditional subjects, such as geography, math, and physics, and students will also study sustainable development. Fioramonti is a former economics professor at South Africa’s Pretoria University, who is a very vocal supporter within the government for green policies. He also was outspoken about allowing students to miss school to attend Friday climate strikes.
We salute his leadership and progressive thinking about educating future generations so that they will be prepared to deal with the world they inherit from us. We only hope that more states and school systems in the U.S. will do the same very soon.