“Conserve Sri Padha Garbage Clean Up – සමනල අඩවිය සුරකිමු කසල සුද්ද කිරීම 3.0 ” was a project done with the collaboration of different government organizations, citizen groups, and nature loving individuals to clean the dumped garbage at the world famous Sri Pada pilgrimage site. This area is a biodiversity hotspot of Sri Lanka being a part of the Peak wilderness sanctuary which is a tropical rain forest that spreads over a land of 224 square kilometers. This is Sri Lanka’s 3rd largest sanctuary as well. It is also the birthplace of Kelani, Kalu, Walave rivers and many tributaries of the river Mahaweli.
Several dozens of volunteers and organizations joined with this peaceful, environmentally responsible cause to protect this biodiversity hotspot for our future generations. Those organizations are namely;
Green Map Sri Lanka & I Am Carbon Negative Teams are under Big Heart Foundation which focuses on Protecting Natural Resources & Wild Life in Sri Lanka. Who practically show how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and polythene for a garbage free, environmentally safe Sri Lanka which is a mandatory part of sustainable development and consumption.
We initially planned to proceed the project on 24th February 2018, but we had to postpone the event to 24th March 2018. 5 volunteers started their journey to Nallathanni from Colombo by Car. only 5 volunteers drive this project as a pilot project to understand that how we can get more community support to clean the garbage from Sripada mountain. Our main objective was to collect garbage with 5 volunteers and put them into garbage bags which contain 5 kg each and get support from the pilgrimages to get down those garbage bags at collect them in given collection point.
We were successful and we were able to get more and more support from the pilgrimages to get down garbage as much as possible. All the volunteers were able to bring down 1000+Kg of garbage from the Sripada mountain with the help of many more pilgrimages and still, several hundred tons of garbage still need to clean from the mountain. After this project “Conserve Sripada Garbage Cleanup 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0” projects were able to clean nearly 2100Kg of garbage from sripada mountain.
We were able to print 30 informative billboards and place them on the main route to educate people about not to pollute the sripada mountain with their garbage. Requested from them to take back whatever they bring during their journey.
“Conserve Sripada Garbage Cleanup” Project by Green Map Sri Lanka, I Am Carbon Negative and Big Hearts Foundation.
our previous project information you can see through below web site URL.
Conserve Sripada 1.0 : http://
Conserve Sripada 2.0 : http://www.bigheartsfoundation.com/conserve-sri-padha-garbage-clean-up-2-0/
If you are willing to support our future projects call us or email us if you need more information
0773777443 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Rohana k Amarakoon (Founder GMSL)
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