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Barclays Kenya has invested KES7.6m (approximately £60,000) to enhance environmental awareness in schools across the country.

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For us to raise a generation of Kenyans who reject the practices of environmental degradation and mismanagement, our schools must be at the forefront of exposing young Kenyans in the protection and conservation of our forests, rivers, wetlands and grasslands.
Francis Okello, Barclays Kenya Chairman

Barclays Kenya has invested KES7.6m (approximately £60,000) to enhance environmental awareness in schools across the country.

The funds will help local charity Environmental Interaction Organisation to introduce lessons on environmental issues and climate change to students.

According to a recent UK Met Office report commissioned by Barclays, severe climate events already result in losses of up to 15 per cent of GDP in some countries.

The figure is expected to rise if the trend is not reversed through the use of renewable energy, management of carbon emissions conservation and cleaner production processes.

The Met Office report added that Kenya was particularly exposed to climate change and its impact on the country's water resources, agriculture, energy needs and urban population.

Francis Okello, Barclays Kenya Chairman, said: "For us to raise a generation of Kenyans who reject the practices of environmental degradation and mismanagement, our schools must be at the forefront of exposing young Kenyans in the protection and conservation of our forests, rivers, wetlands and grasslands.

"Barclays Kenya, as a responsible corporate citizen, has a long-term ambition to support efforts to reverse the impact of climate change.

"Barclays is supporting conservation efforts in keeping with our long-term objective of mitigating the impact of climate change."

Francis also noted that Barclays Kenya's aim of promoting a deeper understanding of the risks presented by climate change in order to sustain Africa's economic growth.

In addition to the latest donation, Barclays Kenya has invested in other projects and supported a number of other charities, including Climate Challenge, a school-based awareness programme; Solar Aid, a charity which promotes the use of solar energy; and the Business in Development Clean Energy Challenge, an initiative which seeks to identify innovative and sustainable solutions to provide clean energy to disadvantaged people across East Africa.

The initiative is part of Looking after Local Communities, a community investment project through which Barclays invests in the communities where it operates.

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