ROME -- Italy will become the first country in the world to add climate change to public school science programs, said the country's education minister on Tuesday.
The measure, which requires the topic to be studied for about one hour per week, will go into effect starting next year, Lorenzo Fioramonti confirmed through social media.
The plan, a brainchild of Fioramonti, seeks to create a generation of students familiar with the causes and risks associated with climate change.
Fioramonti said more traditional scholastic topics such as geography and physics would be taught in a way to highlight sustainable development starting with the 2020-2021 school year, which begins in September next year.
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