Green Cross Sri Lanka today staged an award ceremony for its 2013 Green Lane Environmental Diary competition in Colombo, recognising hundreds of school children for their efforts to document actions to promote sustainability and environmental conservation.
The ninth edition of the annual Green Lane Diary competition was a very significant occasion for some 7,000 Grade 5 school children who took part in the competition from selected schools of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara districts.
Traditional dancers and drummers welcomed the students, school teachers and other awards ceremony attendees as they arrived at the event venue, where distinguished and eminent invitees lit ceremonial oil lamps placed within bunches of beautiful flowers.
Green Cross Sri Lanka President Jagath Seneviratne, in his opening address, reminded all those present that environmental abuses and natural disasters have been escalating during recent years, impacting on people all over the world.
Mr Seneviratne praised Green Cross Japan, the Mitsu Co. Ltd Environment Fund of Japan and the Colombo branch of the Mitsubishi Corporation for providing funds to help stage the Green Lane Diary competition throughout the initiative’s history. The Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan has agreed to fund the 2014 edition as well.
The four winning and four runner-up students (Tilakna Movindi, Yasodhara Devi Balika Vidyalaya Gampaha, Dulmini Diwyanjalee, Ananda Balika Vidyalya Kotte, and Yashoda Chandalee of Piliyandala No.1 Junior School, and Thulana Renuja, of President’s College, Maharagama) and one teacher were awarded with airline tickets to visit Japan in December. Six other students received Outstanding Merit Certificates and gifts for excellent performance; 90 received Merit Certificates and gifts for selection on writing satisfactory diaries; 350 students were presented with certificates and gifts to winners at school level; 75 certificates and mementoes were presented to teachers for assisting the programme, and all 7,000 participating students received certificates for taking part.
More than one million children in Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka and South Korea have grown in their awareness of environmental sustainability and how to respond to challenges such as climate change, water conservation and energy use thanks to an acclaimed Green Cross school-based educational initiative.
GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.