World Environment Day logo, UNEP
World Environment Day logo
Thursday 05 June 2014 00:00 to Saturday 07 June 2014 00:00
British Council Colombo

World Environment Day 2014

British Council, Kandy 

Thursday 5 June 2014 | 9.00 am onwards |  E L Senanayake Children’s Library hall


• Art competition on Natural Disasters

We intend to run an art competition under the theme ‘Natural Disasters and challenges small island states face’ to create awareness about the manmade contributors towards natural disasters, steps taken to overcome them and how you can contribute in your own small way.

• Essay competition highlighting aspects of ‘Natural Disasters and Contributory Factors’

Essays encourage people to think of their own actions, how these might impact the environment, and what steps they might take to change their behaviour. 

• Screening of educational films on the environment made by BBC Natural History Unit, co-produced with Discovery channel and the Open University United Kingdom. 

Film, as a medium, engages all people without necessarily being limited by literacy levels. 

• Interactive workshop I & II- for 150_200 secondary school students 

  • Dr. S P Nissanka, Director, Centre for Environmental studies, University of Peradeniya, will share his knowledge to understand natural disasters and their long term impact on the planet.
  • Dr. Jayantha Attapattu _Assistant Director, Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya will conduct a session on White Agriculture. 

British Council, Colombo

Friday 6 June 2014 - Saturday 7 June 2014 | 9.00 am onwards | at British Council Premises Colombo


To celebrate World Environment Day the British Council will be hosting a series at our premises on June 6th and 7th.

We will be showing environmentally themed films at midday on the Friday in one of the classrooms. On Friday evening three young Sri Lanka activists will deliver a public talk on the environmental challenges and opportunities Sri Lanka faces.

On Saturday, there are art workshops and interactive story time for children, and paper recycling demonstrations for the public. Recycled products and books on the environment will be on sale.

All events are free. Please contact Library.​

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. How will you make your voice heard this year for the environment? The call this year is to recognize that we all face the same challenges and are connected and united by our common goal of a sustainable and prosperous life for all on this planet. The call is to raise our voice in solidarity with one another, particularly with the citizens of the small island states. Whether it is to  organize clean up campaigns, food waste reduction initiatives, walk-to-work days, plastic bans, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests  - every action counts. When multiplied by a global chorus, our individual voices and actions become exponential in its impact.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Miss Anoka Abeyrathne

Co-founder, Growin’ Money (voluntary non-profit)

Anoka is the 2012/2013 Commonwealth Youth Award recipient for Excellence in Developmental Work and featured 3rd on the 25 World’s Most Influential and Powerful Young People list 2012 by Huffington Post and Youth Service America.  Her work revolves on poverty alleviation through economic incentives, providing skills training for better employability such as IT training, basic resume making, eco-tourism guide training, handicrafts making and organic produce making.


Image of Anosha Koralage

Miss Anosha Koralage

She has worked on numerous projects as project lead in terms of global certifications while also working on sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, waste management, energy management and emissions reduction. She believes in creating a culture of sustainability as it drives change in a business. Regardless of what technologies are adopted in an industry, as long as people think in the same old traditional way, change will merely be a dream and nothing else.


Sashrika Jayasinghe

Miss Sashrika Jayasinghe

Sashrika Jayasinghe has over nine years of work experience on a range of environmental projects from regulatory compliance and policy documentation to field implementation and environmental advocacy.  She worked on a national solid waste management project with the Central Environmental Authority of the Government of Sri Lanka and continues to provide environmental inputs by monitoring environmental and social safeguards for infrastructure development projects