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A Toxics-Free Future


GDA in Sri Lanka

Global day of action on POPs in Sri Lanka.

To observe the "Global Day of Action on POPs," CEJ, along with the Green Movement of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Environmental Exploration Society (SLEES), organized a workshop entitled, "Impact of Open Burning; Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)" on April 29, 2005, targeted at environmental activists, farmers, media and industry to create awareness on the harmful effects of POPs. The workshop boasted more than 60 participants and was supported by the POPs Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. In addition to the workshop, a live radio talk show on POPs was organized on April 22, 2005, leading up to the event and was broadcast at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The message reached more than one million listeners. The focus of the activities and campaign was on open burning of garbage and toxic waste that generates POPs. Awareness materials such as a poster, booklet, sticker and folders on POPs were produced in Singhalese and disseminated widely.

Live radio broadcast on POPs reaching over one million listeners
Production of local language poster, booklet, stickers, folder and other POPs materials

Centre for Environmental Justice