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- Romania’s president said Tuesday he is interested in adding more sections on climate change to the country’s school curriculum.
- President Klaus Iohannis met with the country’s prime minister among others to discuss a lengthy report on climate change.
- The report also called for creating more digital learning materials on climate change and cutting schools’ carbon footprint by half over the next eight years.
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis wants the country’s children to learn more about the challenges of climate change and has proposed adding sections on climate change and other environmental issues to the national school curriculum to do so.
“Education is one of the pillars of improving the response to climate change, as 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,” Iohannis said Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
On Tuesday, the president attended a meeting with Prime Minister Nicolae Cuica, Romania’s environment and education ministers along with nongovernmental organizations, teachers and students at the presidential palace. He also launched a public debate on the 141-page proposal, according to the outlet.
In addition to increasing the amount of climate change education Romanian students receive, the report also recommends that the country start a nation-wide network of 10,000 ‘mini-inspectors,’ create online learning materials about the environment and climate change, and support nature-based actives, the AP reported.
The report also outlined a number of long-term environmental goals such as “improving the sustainability of school infrastructure” and reducing Romanian schools’ carbon footprint by 50 percent by the year 2030.
Romania is ranked 36th on the Climate Change Performance Index, which measures the climate performance of 60 countries in the world that are responsible for over 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. is ranked 55th, after ranking closer to the bottom.
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