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A Toxics-Free Future

Sri Lanka

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some schools and preschools in Sri Lanka are of high concern. 

IPEN Participating Organization Centre for Environmental Justice, with Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, have released the newest edition of "Ejustice." Issues highlighted in the newsletter are coal use in Sri Lanka and the blocking of the ban on the pesiticide glyphosate.
Please read the entire newsletter here

National SAICM Forum: Promoting a Civil Society & Government Dialogue on Chemical Safety

Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) organized a national workshop to promote and create a dialogue among relevant stakeholders (the public, government officials, media, civil society groups, academics, and other NGO groups) to generate awareness about and promoting the provisions of SAICM in Sri Lanka. A multi-stakeholder meeting on SAICM had not been organized before and this meeting generated a platform for policy makers, researchers and civil society to discuss the present condition of the chemicals circulating in the country.

Advocacy and awareness campaign on Mercury

Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) conducted a multi level campaign to assess sources and exposure to mercury in Sri Lanka, specifically by CFL light bulbs and mercury-based hospital equipment. Importation data on mercury was collected from Sri Lankan Customs and an additional market survey was conducted among the main mercury sellers and buyers in Colombo. Community organizers also tested water in several potentially contaminated sites and tested specific cosmetics for mercury.

Mobilizing People on Arsenic Poisoning due to Illegal Pesticides Use in Sri Lanka

In collaboration with medical officials, Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ) organized medical clinics to pre-screen agricultural workers at risk for kidney disease resulting from exposure to arsenic in pesticides. In several of these clinics (as well as outside of the clinics), CEJ conducted small discussion groups at which farmers were given brochures highlighting the dangers of illegal and highly dangerous pesticides and notifying them of their rights.