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Schools in Indore pledge to switch to green energy, bring down plastic waste

A wise man once said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

indore Updated: Jun 05, 2015 18:34 IST
Divya Raje Bhonsale
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A wise man once said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

Preaching these important lines to their students, some schools of the city have pledged to switch to green energy as much as possible.

These schools have many green energy output units installed.

“The school has been involved in these activities for over a decade now. We have water recycling, a rainwater harvesting plant, a sewage treatment plant (STP) and solar energy panels in the campus,” said Sumer Singh, principal, Daly College (DC).

Apart from these, schools are also opting for garbage disposable machines. “The school already has 200 spots for water harvesting and has been involved in water recycling and solar energy for (the) last seven to eight years. We have recently brought a garbage recycling machine, which would recycle wood and paper waste into manure,” said Siddharth Singh, principal, The Emerald Heights International School.

School authorities believe that these steps are not just for a ‘greener’ environment but that it also sows the seed of ‘conservation and protection’ in the hearts of the new generation.

Speaking to HT, Raminder Mac, dean of international affairs at Choithram School, said, “We encourage our students to go green. Recently, our students composted manure at school on their own (with) the dry leaves found lying at the campus. They even involved themselves in making newspaper paper bags.”

Along the same lines, Daly College has initiated student-run programmes on campus. “DC has a dedicated club called ‘Green Club,’ which is completely run by the students. The club has a green centre where various eco-friendly technologies like organic farming, rooftop farming, vermin-composting, paper recycling, etc., take place. It also has a poly-house, a solar and wind hybrid energy generation unit,” Sumer Singh said.

Soon, all schools will be coming together to bring down plastic waste. There would be people employed for collecting plastics, which would then be taken for recycling.

In this regard, Sumer said, “We (have) plans to start a project with Raghu Parmar and his NGO. It will be a city-level project where all schools will be a part of this. The plastic will be segregated and recycled. We are also talking to IMC (Indore Municipal Corporation) for the same.”