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Students hold placards as they take part in a protest against global warming by the Colosseum (Colosseo, Colisee) in central Rome on March 15, 2019

Italy is adding climate change to the curriculum, nationwide

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It looks like Italy is hoping to produce the next Greta Thunberg.

This week, Italy's Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti announced that the entire country of Italy will soon be required to teach climate change and sustainable development to all grade school students, as reported by Reuters

Fioramonti sat down with Reuters to explain the details of the newest addition to Italy's public school curriculum. The minister told the news outlet that beginning in September 2020, all public schools across the country will be required to teach students about climate-related issues for 33 hours each year. The school year is typically 36 weeks long, meaning that's about one hour each week. This will apply to students of all ages, from grade one to grade 13, ages 6 through 19, he told The Telegraph.