Review by Nimuthu Pathiraja (Web Content Team)
Trinity College recently concluded its impactful Climate Week program, which echoed the powerful message, “If we protect the environment, it will protect us,” throughout its premises. Held from July 3rd to July 7th, this significant event was organized by the Trinity College Environment Pioneer Brigade, under the visionary concept of Principal Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB. The program aimed to educate students about the urgent threat of climate change and its impact on our future.
The Climate Week program had a multitude of objectives. First, it aimed to raise awareness about environmental issues among students, teachers, and staff. Additionally, it sought to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices in daily life, such as reducing waste, conserving energy, using eco-friendly products, and promoting sustainable transportation. The program also aimed to foster teamwork and collaboration among students, teachers, and staff, recognizing that addressing environmental challenges requires collective effort. Furthermore, it aimed to promote environmental education and inspire students to develop an interest in environmental science and sustainability. Lastly, it aimed to showcase the ongoing environmental initiatives and projects within the school community, inspiring others to get involved.
Throughout the week, a series of noteworthy speeches and initiatives captivated the participants. On July 5th, a special educational program was held for middle school students, featuring two keynote speeches from renowned experts in their respective fields. Dr. Sewwandhi Chandrasekara, a prominent lecturer from the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, delivered an instrumental speech on “Climate Change and What We Can Do About It.” Additionally, Mr. Akila Lakshan from Cleantech PVT. LTD. provided a brief lecture on “Solid Waste Management.”
Two days later, at the Upper School assembly, Professor Dushantha Madagedara delivered an unprecedented speech on “How We Can Combat Air Pollution.” Later that same day, a bid to establish a medicinal herbal plantation near the College Chapel Drive concluded successfully. This initiative aimed to educate students about our indigenous plant history in a resourceful manner.
Undoubtedly, the Poetry and Poster competition, held to commemorate Climate Week, was one of the most anticipated events. The students from both the Middle and Upper School exhibited remarkable enthusiasm and unparalleled commitment, reflecting their dedication to building a better society for the future.
The program effectively educated students about critical topics that are often overlooked. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Haritha Pavura Society for their unwavering support, without which the event would not have been a success. The distinguished lecturers, Professor Dushantha Madagedara, Dr. Sewwandhi Chandrasekara, and Mr. Akila Lakshan, also deserve special recognition for their valuable contributions.
We would like to extend our appreciation to the Principal Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB, Vice Principal Mr. Krishanthan Anthonydas, Headmistress Mrs. Krishni George, Co-Curricular Coordinator Mr. Wasana Dissanayake, and Mrs. Nimesha Wimalasena, the teacher in charge of the Environment Pioneer Brigade. We also acknowledge the support of Mr. Mohamed Zarook, Mr. Mohamed Inzimam, Mrs. Kaushani Amarasinghe, Mrs. Darshani Abeykoon, and all the teachers and support staff who played an instrumental role in the success of the program.
The Climate Week program at Trinity College has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on students, inspiring them to become advocates for environmental conservation. Equipped with the knowledge gained during this event, the Trinity community is poised to make significant contributions towards a sustainable future.