In Celebration of the Environment – 5th June 2015

By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population

expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

As usual, the World Environment Day will be a busy day for our Platform as we get together with our

Members and Partners, calling for collective environmental action. Patron Member, Sri Lanka Airlines

will conduct an awareness program for selected schools in the Katunayake area at the Airlines offices.

Our Member, Glide (Pvt) Ltd., represented by its Managing Director, Mr Peter Rezel will deliver the

keynote address at this event on “Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with care,  the UN

declared theme for this year. Once again, our Platform is pleased to collaborate with Sri Lankan Airlines,

a committed and dedicated member.

United Tractor and Equipment Ltd., (UTE), a new partner that has shown keen interest in joining in our

efforts has invited us to celebrate World Environment Day by sharing our knowledge and experience in

enhancing sustainable practices within their organization. An evening session is being held with its staff

on actions that could pave the way for a greener company. We are happy that the top management of

UTE has made a corporate commitment to integrate sustainability practices within the company’s core

business. Mr Ravi de Silva, an experienced sustainability campaigner and a member of our resource bank

will deliver this session for UTE on our behalf.

We hope you will join us at our WED flagship event to be held from 4.00 pm onwards at the Senate Hall

of the University of Colombo. Keeping this year’s theme in mind, we will collectively raise responsibility

and consciousness amongst our members, partners and students that lliving sustainably is all about

doing more and better with less. As we celebrate this important day together we must realize that the

well-being of humanity, the environment and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon

the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are

nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and

economic development.