Romania pushes to increase climate change education in schools

The Romanian president wants to add a section on climate change and environmental issues to the national school curriculum so that students can learn more about the climate change challenges the world faces

The report recommends increasing the amount of climate change and environmental education students receive, creating a national network of 10,000 environmental “mini-inspectors”, supporting nature-based activities, and producing digital learning materials about climate change.

Long-term goals in the report include improving the sustainability of school infrastructure and halving schools’ carbon footprints by 2030.

“Education is one of the pillars of improving the response to climate change, because education leads to changes in human behavior, in the sense of a greater responsibility to protect nature and the future of society as a whole,” Johannes said Tuesday.

“What we want most is to pave the way for a change in mindset… We all want a clean, waste-free environment,” he added.

Gabriel Paun, president of environmental group Agent Green, welcomed the report, saying it was “absolutely necessary”.

“Our generation has failed to save the climate, but at least we can give the next generation the opportunity to fight using the best tool available — education,” he told The Associated Press.

Romanian politicians are now “lack of ambition” in tackling climate change, he said.

According to the European Commission, 41 percent of the Romanian Recovery and Recovery Plan funding from the European Union – 29.2 billion euros ($33.1 billion) – was allocated to “measures to support the green transition”, including phasing out coal power over the next decade .

“Although we still have a long way to go in the public consultation process … the report presented today allows us to start preparations now,” Prime Minister Cucia said.

“What we’re trying to do – which is to change the behavior and mindset of an entire generation – is a long process,” he added.

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