Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014  
  October 2014, Kandy- CEJ recognised thirteen environmental and social rights defenders who served many years during the Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014.Former vice president of the International Court of Justice,  
   
 
 
Floods in Colombo is the result of filling wetlands   Deadly lead in paint
Flooding In Colombo, the capitol of Sri Lanka today( 11th November 2010) is the worst flooding in Sri Lanka in the recent times. The whole city including Colombo 7 and Parliament was also under water. According to the Disaster Management Centre 260,109 people   CEJ tested number of paint brands available in Sri Lanka and found most enamel decorative paints available in Sri Lanka contain very high levels of lead. Lead is deadly for your child. Sri Lanka Standards Institutions is now making specifications to control lead in
from 57,920 families have been affected so far and 11 houses have been completely damaged and 257 houses have been partially damaged. Filling of the wetlands in the city of Colombo is mainly responsible for this flooding.   enamel paints, toy paints and automobile paints.
       
Climate Justice Now!   Nuclear power by 2025
Climate Change is a universal problem created by the developed countries by emitting large amounts of Green House Gases. COP 16 will be held in Cancun in Mexico in January 2010. Let's fight for climate justice!   Sri Lanka is planning to build a nuclear power plant by 2025. Nuclear power is world most riskiest power generation. It requires billion of Rupees. This will be powered by Thorium according to the Minister of Power and Energy.
     
Persistent Organic Pollutants    
Persistent Organic Pollutants have been banned under the Stockholm Convention. PCB is one among them. But Sri Lanka still imports PCB contaminated transformers and inductors.      
   
       
Proposed Sugarcane plantation in Nilgala   Environmental Law Training
5000 Hectares of Nilgala Forest will be destroyed for the proposed Sugarcane plantation which will produce ethanol and sugar. This is the catchment of the Galoya Reservoir and a part of the Medicinal plant forest established in 3rd Century BC by King Buddadasa.   CEJ has undertaken an initiative to train Lawyers, CBO leaders and civil society members in the North and Eastern Provinces on the Environment and Environmental Laws, in collaboration with the Bar Association, Central Environmental Authority and the other environmental agencies.
     
Project on Heavy Metal   COP 15 in Copenhagen
Cadmium, Mercury and Lead are heavy metals that are very harmful to the human life. Yet, these items are added to the environment in small quantities through the industrial items. CEJ will begin its new project to measure the quantities available in the natural environment, in water etc.   The final lap of the climate talks will begin in Copenhagen on December 7, 2009. Can we expect climate justice in Copenhagen?.
   
 
       
NUCLEAR POWER! NO THANKS!   Kalu Ganga Gem mining is illegal
Sri Lanka has recently announced that the Ministry of Science and Technology will promote Nuclear Power in Sri Lanka. Read the full article written by Justice Christoper Weeramanthry   Recent auction of the Kalu Ganga for river bed gem mining requires an Environmental Impacts Assessment. Yet authorities are justifying this act and say they will adhere to the environmental measures.
     
     
 
 
 
                   
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