Global Day of Climate Change Action
24 October 2009
The Global Day of Climate Action was a busy Saturday for Practical Action in Sri Lanka.
Our colleagues joined 350 youths for a beach clean up in Wellawatta, followed by a march to raise awareness on the necessity to reduce CO2 emission in the atmosphere to below 350 parts per million to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
Practical Action was given some of the 350 trees given away by Beyond Borders, the organisers of the event and participated in the photograph on the right.
Renewable energy instead of fossil fuel for electricity generation
Our energy team went to a remote village in Ratnapura district (Kuttikanda) and installed a Pico Hydro System to provide electricity for a temple. At the moment they are using a Ketozene oil driven generator and hope to replace it with an environmental friendly Pico Hydro power plant (650W).
Documentary on adaptations for climate change
Our agriculture team was working on a documentary exploring how traditional saline and drought resistant seed varieties have enabled paddy farmers in to adapt to climate change.
Screening of the Age of Stupid
In the evening, we were joined by over 100 guests that came to the screening of the Age of Stupid that we organised for the Climate Action Network South Asia and our Climate Vision Initiative.
Other colleagues committed to read articles on the issue and speaking to their friends and family about climate change and made plans for a Cyclone critical mass bike ride to raise awareness on the importance of the Copenhagen Climate Talks for Sri Lanka and offer practical solutions.