The EFL team conducted a workshop on plastic pollution at the Moody’s on 16th October 2019. The workshop started with an overview of plastic and the growing spread of plastic. Zaineb Akbarally, continued to talk on the ecological aspects of plastic, how it can be devastating to the natural ecosystems and the repercussions our future generations will suffer as a result. Very sentimental suggestions were made on sustainable consumption which will help to lessen the amount of manmade plastic waste
The UN World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of June. In its honour and following this year’s theme, EFL conducted a workshop on air pollution to Transworld Group- Sri Lanka. The workshop addressed what causes air pollution globally and in Sri Lanka, its legal framework in the country and what measures can be taken to mitigate air pollution. Wonder why they wore masks? We wanted participants to understand the true nature of not being able to breathe
In June 2019, EFL hosted a design thinking and rapid prototyping workshop together with its collaborator, Thuru, to find solutions for deforestation in Sri Lanka via technology. Thuru is a volunteer organisation who introduces new technologies to accelerate reforestation with a mission to plant 2 million trees by the end of 2020 in Sri Lanka. While EFL provided an academic context to the workshop delivering presentations on the scientific context and facts about Sri Lanka’s natural forests, educating participants about the
EFL Head of Legal, Anushka Gunawardena, presented at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) on the 1st of March 2019 at the University of Oregon, USA. On the panel, Anushka spoke on ‘Recent Developments in Human Rights and the Environment.’ During her presentation, she focused on the South Asian judicial interpretation to environmental cases while discussing the Galle Face Green case from Sri Lanka and the Niyamgiri hills case from India. PIELC is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide and is considered
EFL had a wonderful interactive awareness session with the children of Ecole Française Internationale de Colombo (French International School of Colombo) in November 2018. While focusing on deforestation as the main topic, EFL team discussed about what is meant by deforestation, why forests are important, causes of deforestation and who are affected by this problem to the children. The children were then divided into groups to draw/ map out what was discussed in order to come up with, what they felt
On 25 September 2018, EFL legal team spoke today at the orientation of the 2nd year LLB(Hons) law students at APIIT Law school. The session focused on environmental law, Sri Lanka’s legal framework, what EFL does to protect the environment as a public interest litigation organisation and what career opportunities students will have by studying environmental law.
On the 29th of September 2018, EFL’s Head of Legal, Anushka Gunawardena, attended the Regional Judicial Dialogue of South Asian Judges on Women’s Human Rights and the Right to a Safe, Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment in Nepal. The conference was organised by the International Commission Jurist (ICJ) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. Anushka spoke about the ‘The Relationship between Human Rights and the Environment: Basic Concepts and Approaches’. The session elaborated on examining the international legal obligations of the states
On the 7th of August 2018, EFL carried out another student awareness session for APIIT Sri Lanka students. The session focused on ‘sustainable living for a better future’, addressing the impacts of plastic pollution as well. As a public interest litigation firm, EFL is committed to raising awareness regularly among youth about protecting and conserving the environment.