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Romania’s President: environmental education to be at the basis of the school system

Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis underlined the importance of respecting the environment as the basis of the education system whose major goals should include, among others, environmental education, sustainability and climate.

Speaking at the launch of a report entitled Education on Climate Change and the Environment in Sustainable Schools, President Iohannis reminded that Europeans, especially young people, are very concerned about climate change: 93 per cent of European citizens see climate change as a serious problem while 96 per cent have taken at least one action to tackle its effect.

“We, too, in Romania can feel the effects of climate change,” he highlighted. “Draught, heavy rain, flooding, extreme weather conditions and code red heatwaves have become more and more frequent in the last years. […] Two-thirds of Romanians see climate change as a very serious problem and we must find solutions.”

He believes that the European Climate Pact is an important mechanism for promoting education in the field of climate change as well as for increasing awareness on this topic and for Romania, it represents a basis for the measures the country will take and a model to follow.

“The Romanian Government took responsibility for implementing such instruments that are included in the programme for government,” President Iohannis explained. “Measures are aimed at energy efficiency regarding both generation and energy consumption, energy generation from renewable sources, reducing transport emissions, using performing technologies, effective management of cultivated agricultural land and waste recycling. Ensuring the CO2 absorption can be regulated through sustainable management of forests and new areas forestation.”

As all these actions are vital for the future of the young generations, one of the pillars upon which solutions in this area are being built is represented by education in the spirit of protecting nature and natural resources.

As the National Recovery and Resilience Plan represents not just the most important national post-pandemic recovery project, but also regarding environment protection, Mr Iohannis highlighted some concrete measures: supporting and developing a network of Green Schools, purchase of electric minibuses and renovation of existing school buildings in a significant way by increasing their energy efficiency.

“I hold the belief that a national strategy based on education should primarily address vulnerable communities with less access to technology, smaller negotiation power, fewer funds to adjust economic and social structures to climate change effects,” he concluded.”

Photo: Government of Romania.

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