Million Eco Projects

Green Initiatives at Wipro

Writing about a Corporate taking up CSR activities or implementing ‘eco wise’ solutions in their day-to-day functioning, always activates a pendulum of indecision in the mind. Should I even write about them? How much do they really do? Is it also just one more ‘social service’ or CSR activity?

In the developing world, one child dies of hunger every five seconds. According to statistics* women  and children are the main sufferers of hunger: 70% of all hungry people are women. (The irony being that although women grow over 60% of the food in developing countries, they own less than 1% of the land) At the crux of the world hunger issue is inequality (economic and social inequalities) and not scarcity of food. Unequal distribution of food because of grievously poor political decisions, and not food scarcity, is the crippling factor in developing countries.

A documentary on Green Schools by Aditi Banerjee shows  how a few schools are taking on a pioneering role in helping children build a stronger consciousness about green living...

‘Environment’, ‘Ecology’, ‘Conser-vation’,‘Sustainability’,‘Green’, ‘Organic’ are some of the buzzwords of our rapidly changing and evolving world; and it’s only natural, given that we’ve actually begun to feel some of the effects of  environmental degradation that scientists had foreseen decades ago.

Eco Toilets at Pathashaala, Vallipuram, Tamil Nadu

How many of us can claim that we have never bought something, only to realise we have made a bad choice and never worn that item ever. It has been hidden at the back of our wardrobe and comes out a guilty reminder, a few years later, still with labels attached.

It is estimated that more than one million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year in the UK alone, creating more and more landfills. In India, our traditional culture does not support such wastefulness, but consumerism related to clothes is very high in the urban areas - and the throw away habit is bound to follow.