ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s education minister encouraged students to skip school and take part in climate protests on Friday, when people in several countries are expected to take to the streets following a worldwide protest by millions last week to demand action against global warming.

FILE PHOTO: Lorenzo Fioramonti arrives at Quirinale Presidential Palace, before being sworn in as Italy’s new education minister, in Rome, Italy September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca

“I have asked schools to consider as justified the absence of students who take part in the global mobilization against climate change”, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti wrote on Facebook on Monday.

He said the climate strike was “essential” for students’ future, which was “threatened by environmental devastation and an unsustainable economic growth model.”


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