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Banks and other corporates doing more for the environment than our schools?
Banks over schools in eco drive
By Arjun Raj

Today, banks are paying more attention to the environment than schools. Despite nature clubs and classes on ‘environmental studies’, we find that schools aren’t doing as much as they could for the environment. On the other hand banks are trying to save up on electricity and recycle paper, giving the environment its due importance.

“Some senior students might know about global warming, but not juniors”, was the reply given by Ms. Angela Gomes, a teacher of Calcutta Girl’s School, when asked if the students of her school were aware about global warming. “We have special classes where students are taught EVS (environmental studies), but we don’t go out of the way.” On a rare occasion, the senior students were made to switch their lights and fans off for half an hour, as a contribution towards the fight against global warming. “The students aren’t aware enough, or even care,” says Rodali Raj, a ninth grade student of the Calcutta International School, and when asked if the school does anything to benefit the environment, “Not really,” was her callous reply.

However, Pinc Money a non-banking financial corporation, makes more of an effort to create an environmentally friendly environment. “Once a week, we switch off our ACs and use just fans, as ACs use up a lot of electricity," says Ms. Vineeta Frederick, who is an investment advisor at the company. Apart from saving electricity and recycling paper, Pinc Money sends placements to their clients via e-mail rather than paper, with very few exceptions. Ms. Fredrick voices her concern that their attempts may not be making a huge difference alone.“We are a small company, but if every company did the same, it would make a difference,” she said.

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