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Lessons in climate change: equipping kids for the future

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🗞️ Driving the news: Monica Capo, a teacher in Naples, Italy, leverages the mandated 33 hours of climate change education in schools to teach students aged 6-19 about environmental care through hands-on activities
• Italy, the first country to make climate change a compulsory subject, aims to make the complex issue tangible for young learners

🔭 The context: The urgency for climate education is underscored by the fact that today's children are projected to witness a significant increase in extreme weather events due to global warming
• Despite the recognized importance of education in combating climate change, less than a third of countries mention schooling in their national climate commitments

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective climate education, as practiced by Capo, is crucial in preparing the next generation to face and address the challenges of a changing environment
• It instills a sense of responsibility and capability in young people to contribute to sustainable solutions

⏭️ What's next: The article highlights the need for a holistic approach to climate education that goes beyond curriculum updates to include teacher training, community involvement, and sustainable school practices
• Countries like Italy and Mexico are leading the way, but there's a call for global improvement in climate education

💬 One quote: "I try not to scare them," says Capo, emphasizing the balance between educating about climate change and fostering hope.

📈 One stat: "Only half of the 100 national curricula analyzed by UNESCO in 2021 mention climate change."

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