Youth Yathra –Green leaders to combat Climate Change

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What is Youth Yathra 2016?Youth Yathra 2016 is a programmewhich focuses on “Creating Green Youth Leaders” who will be change makers in action against climate change. This is a programme initiated by Eco Friendly Volunteers(ECO-V)under a grant received from American Embassy Sri Lanka. A 10 month training session each in Jaffna, Kandy, Matara districts were conducted as the first stage ...

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Leaders Vs. Green leaders...is there a difference....??? The year 2016 started with new hopes. We all at ECO-V knew that its the 15th Anniversary of ECO-V. We do not have any special plans to celebrate 15th anniversary. But we knew its going to be a very busy year with a project that we all were waiting for and also had ...

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Wow....this is May...5 months were gone from year 2016. I just realized it was too bad as I could not write a single blog for this year. In fact there are about 4 blogs waiting in my email inbox written by various volunteers. Some are Chinese and some are locals. I never had a time to post them. So I ...

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It is the last day of 2015. Wow.. 2015 has gone very fast but we are very happy at ECO-V as we managed to do so much of work. New developments, new partners, new projects….and many more experiences and achievements. It’s 2.10 am of 31stDecember now and I decided to write this blog. Personally for me the year 2015 ...

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Sumunduni Seneviratne the new ECO-V family member reports!!!! 05/11/2015 - The day I met with ECO-V team in KandyIt’s all about change; even we want it, its bit of hard work, so obliviously heart says why you should take trouble? Ii is better to stay as it is and why you are taking a risk? Then I say to ...

Kolamba yathra

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I know its not fair to have such a long silence. Since we became active in face book (https://www.facebook.com/groups/119363511453200/) I rarely had time to write a blog. So today I am posting about our new yathra - Kolamba yathra 2015.The logo designed by Dulshan who is our IT volunteer since 2003IntroductionThe Kolamba Yathra for Climate Change is the 3rdYathra of ...

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Hmmmm..its time to write a blog perhaps just to pass the time. Also wise-use of the time I am spending inside airplane. I am at Kolkata airport Bangladesh, actually not even inside airport but sitting inside the plan for last 2 hours. I am not supposed to be here by now and should be having my lunch with my friend ...

Conscious consumerism for sustainable future!

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New initiatives, busy lives….1/4 of the year is gone…planning work and conducting them is easier than making reports and writing blogs J But how can I forget all our supporters who would love to read this blog and get updated about our activities. So it’s my duty to report you too. ECO-V did not celebrate it's 13th B’day on the ...

Thank you 2013.....we had a great year! with new initiatives and successful results!

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.We had a great successful year in 2013. Paapedi 2013 the bicycle journey for Climate Justice was a very successful campaign we had for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation work. Also we got involved with Good Market (https://www.facebook.com/thegoodmarketcolombo) and started “Nature Kids” a very unique programme for kids to get connected with Mother Nature. Nature Talk before Nature WalkDuring Nature ...

“Talking through Nature” and "Nature Kids"with Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2013

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Wow…working with kids is lot of fun. I have been experiencing this for last 8 weeks at Good Market and the school for deaf in Colombo. Our latest programmes – “Nature kids” and "talking through Nature" was progressing well for last 8 weeks getting attention from people/kids and parents and teachers. We were encouraged by many people and parents and ...

World Environmental Day – 05/06/2013

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This year we were very busy with World Environmental day (WED). Dhanushka our Kelani Nadee Yathree (River journey) and Paapedi Yathree (bicycle Journey) organized a workshop for children in his area on the 4th of June. This was the first workshop he organized at his organic farm. A team of 40 including students, teachers and some student Buddhist monks visited ...

Children and Nature activities at Good Market, Colombo

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“Good market” (https://www.facebook.com/thegoodmarketcolombo) is the latest gathering in Colombo started by people who believes in sustainable and healthy living in Sri Lanka. Good Market opens every Thursday (12pm-8pm) at Water's Edge Park at Battaramulla. This initiative is led by Amanda Kiessel ( Sri Lankanised American) from Sewa Lanka foundation has grown into a gathering place for people who live and ...

DAY 9

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22 March 2012The journey is almost over - only another 1 day to go.Today we joined the WORLD WATER DAY celebration along with the EVERY DROP MATTERS project organised by the UN. We joined their activities - i.e. collecting special waste from households (batteries, electronic waste, energy saving bulbs...) and talking to people about waste and ways to reduce it.Since ...

DAY 8

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Today we got up at 5am and started environmental meditation and stretches.After some team-building activities, we were on our 10km ride towards the train station. There, we were able to drop in at a Singer store, one of the main sponsors for this journey and recognize and thank them for their support.When we arrived at Gampaha, we rode towards the ...

DAY 7

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March 20th, 2013Day 7Following on from yesterday after an inspiring presentation delivered expertly by Jie Chen from Crissy Fields Centre, San Francisco, USA. About his work with the youth from different neighborhoods around SF, very similar to the Yathras of Paapedi being from all parts of Sri Lanka. One of the key points I noted was how the aim was ...

19th March 2013 - "ALL THE WORLDS PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED IN A GARDEN”.

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Our 6th PAAPEDI-day started early morning at 6am in a big garden with barefoot nature meditation and the sounds of all kinds of early birds. The deeper meaning of our outside meditation is to start feeling being part of nature, rather than feeling detached from it.meditation starts at 5.30am wen its still dark!During the daytime we focused on leadership education, ...

Paapedi 2013 Thabuttegama to Galgamuwa

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A Great Vision, brings about great journey, a journey involves great days amongst many. But all great days must begin with a bit of Nanda’s special unique brand of 5am stretching combined with rhythmic breathing exercises! It was actually 5.30am to be precise, but the majority all awoke at 5am anywayJWhat better way to start the day as mentioned in ...

3rd day of Paapedi 2013

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15. March 2013 Today is the 3rd day of our journey. Our program is intense. We get up at 5 o clock every morning and fall into bed around 12 at night. And it feels so good!!! There are many things about our group of “yathris” (travellers) that impress me. Our 25 youngsters are inspiring. They are ready for every ...