The Bio Conservation Society is a Sri Lankan NGO. They conduct programmes of environmental conservation, research, education and community development. Their mission is to encourage and engage in activities which positively contribute to the conservation of natural environment and improve the livelihood of the people through promoting environmentally sustainable projects.
I am a science teacher and mountain leader. Over 20 years ago, I spent a year as a voluntary teacher in a children's home in Sri Lanka. Since then I have visited and kept in contact with the children and their families. On each visit, I am saddened by the degradation and disappearance of lush natural ecosystems that are so rich in biodiversity. Sri Lanka has given me so much, it is time for me to give back.
In Sri Lanka, fishing communities recognise the growing impact of plastic on their coastal waters, beaches and mangroves but they feel hopeless about a solution.
I want to support BCSL with starting up a self-sustainable community project to make a positive impact on plastic pollution and unemployment in Kalpitiya fishing communities.
They need funding to:
- Build a collection centre
- Train potential employees (women will be employed as unemployment is far higher for women).
- Run education events to encourage locals to minimise the use of plastic items.
- Buy a baler to compact the collected PET bottles to reduce the cost of its transport to recycling centres.