31.07.2014 in Expolanka, Latest by admin 0

Expolanka Spreads Awareness on Global Warming

“Global warming is not a conqueror to kneel before – but a challenge to rise to. A challenge we must rise to.” – Joe Lieberman

Expolanka has been a pioneer in initiating campaigns aimed at preserving the environment. A few months ago, the company joined the Hiniduma Project to protect the country’s rainforests in the Sinharaja and Kanneliya region. For World Water Day 2013, Expolanka conducted workshops on improving water quality and raising awareness, whilst also laying the foundation for a bio-gas facility. Other initiatives include raising insight on environmental issues at last year’s Earth Hour, and promoting recycling and waste management practices through its sister company – Neptune Recyclers. This global warming awareness initiative is a continuation of the social welfare conducted by the company.

Expolanka Holdings has also recently stepped forward to raise awareness on global warming, climate change and environmental sustainability among youth in Sri Lanka in the form of awareness campaigns to celebrate World Environment Day. These awareness programmes were carried out for 10,000 young adults in 32 youth centres across seven provinces in the island. The training workshops comprised of environment awareness sessions and questionnaires to the participants, and were rounded off with tree planting campaigns at the centres. This spreading of the message about global warming throughout the Sri Lanka was a key aspect of this campaign.

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Paddy Weerasekera, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and CSR at Expolanka, spoke of the role of a responsible organization in dealing with this major global issue.

 “We are all aware that most of the rising environmental changes can be directly or indirectly linked to human activities. Therefore, the responsibility falls on to us to practice and encourage environmentally sustainable activities and reduce individual carbon footprints. As a responsible corporate, we hope to convey this message to Sri Lanka’s youth.”

 

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While Sri Lanka is not a small island, we are an island and this year’s theme of the ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’ has a special resonance for us.

In fact, in Sri Lanka, global warming and climate change has the potential to affect two of our main exports; tea and rubber. Rising temperatures and dry weather conditions could hamper the tea production while climate change would have a negative bearing on rubber yield, with higher temperatures affecting the latex flow and leading to low produce. Further, climate change may also cause diseases to the rubber trees, which could jeopardize the overall industry.

Solangi Christina, who was the winner of the Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth pageant 2013 and was part of this campaign, spoke of her experience of being involved in this social gesture.

“I am excited to be a part of this timely endeavour. It was inspiring to see so many young people gathered to learn about such a critical issue and their enthusiasm was heartwarming.”

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