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* Sri Lanka marks World Environment Day today, declares Environment Week
Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 11:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 05, Colombo: Several programs will be launched throughout Sri Lanka today to observe the World Environment Day that falls on June 5th every year.

The main ceremony to mark the 41st World Environment Day ceremony will be held at the Nawarangahala auditorium at Royal College in Colombo today with the participation of President Mahinda as the Chief Guest.

Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha, guests and about 500 schoolchildren will also participate.

This year has been named as the International Year of Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) and the World Environment Day events will focus on 'Small Islands and Climate Change' with the theme "Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level."

Sri Lanka, although not under the SIDS, being an island, is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change and sea level rise.

Parallel to the World Environment Day (WED), an Environment Week has been declared from June 5 to 17 and during this week the Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry will conduct several island wide programs to promote the green environment concept.

A first day cover and a stamp will also be issued to mark the occasion. Prof. Piyasena Abeygunawardena will deliver a guest lecture related to environment.

The Gem and Jewellery Authority will award scholarships to 10 children of gem mine workers.

Odel, a fashion brand and retailer based in Colombo, will hold an Eco Art Festival on the 7th and 8th of June at the Odel Alexandra Place. The Art Festival will focus on preserving the country's pristine beaches from plastic pollution.

Twenty schools will be displaying crafts and exhibits inspired by WED. The art will use all manner of waste material polluting beaches, to remind everyone of the dire need to save the oceans.

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