This site will be dedicated to discuss the consequences of environmental destruction. Starting from chemical contamination, pollution, forest destruction, climate change, etc.. With solutions and practical measures that can be taken.
I’m Chalani H.T. Rubesinghe (Bsc.Nat.sc., MSc.Env.Sc.), graduated from the Open University of Sri Lanka in 2009 in the stream of Natural sciences with a First class. I completed my Masters in Environmental science from the Postgraduate Institute of Science at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
As a child I had a keen interest on oceans and ships. I used to collect details and pictures of ships and spent hours in the library to collect information on oceans. Back then I wanted to become an Oceanographer. I have a huge collection of ocean specimens that in future someday when I’m rich enough, I expect to turn into a museum. When I was doing my masters, Oceanography was unavailable. Instead I had to do Environmental science which eventually became my carrier and also a part of my life.
My carrier started as an Environmental Officer from Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. This was the mother who gave me birth, nurtured and raised me up as an Environmental scientist. For this, I gratefully acknowledge Mr. Hematha Withanage, Executive director, Mr. Dilena Pathragoda, Director- Projects and the whole CEJ team.
During my carrier I was engaged in;
- Studies on enhancing public awareness on chemical management under the grants of UNDP/ GEF/ SGP,
- Climate change on agriculture and their remedial actions implemented in Sri Lanka in association with PILF,
- Global study on fish and community mercury contamination carried in association with IPEN and ARNIKA organization,
- Survey on public perceptions on Wide spreading CKDue in Sri Lanka with Korea Green Association,
- Contamination of mercury and lead in cosmetics, under the grants of UNDP/ GEF/ SGP, and
- Asian lead paint elimination project in association with IPEN and EU.
In addition I worked as the regional facilitator for Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific for two months. I have also facilitated the Non Carbon Benefits study carried out by CEJ and Sri Lanka Climate and Forest Action Network (SLCFAN). I also got the opportunity to participate in survey and awareness raising sessions of Forest Management Plan conducted at Nilgala and Bogahapallassa by CEJ in association with SHALIN, Finland. Which gave me the opportunity to understand the conflict between forest conservation and marginal residents.
All these work included Project cycle management, monitoring and Evaluation, generating reading materials, partial contribution in budgeting, writing updates for granters, organizing meetings/ symposiums for national and international audiences, discussions and field work such as public awareness, surveys and sampling.
I was also given the opportunity to participate in international events such as;
- GAELP (Global Association For Eliminating Lead Paint) held in Thailand, June 2012, as the NGO representative from Sri Lanka to share the experiences on eliminating lead paint in Sri Lanka, https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/14223/Final_%20Participants%20list_Bangkok.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
- IPEN International Toxic Metals Skillshare in Minamata, Japan (3rd-4th of October, 2013) and Minamata International Symposium (5 & 6 October, 2013) to share the experience on CEJ research on mercury and to share the experiences of Minamata victims, and
- South East Asia Regional Conference on Lead Poisoning (24th and 25th October 2013) held in New Delhi, organized by the Toxics Link, in partnership with Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and the Lata Medical Research Foundation. http://www.zoom4india.com/news/national/item/56461-is-lead-poisoning-on-the-rise.html
My younger brother Channaka Oshan Rubesinghe handles all the technical details of this site for me. I must mention that, my husband, ammi, dada, elder brother, younger brother and my both sister-in-laws have always been the encouragement, guidance and strength behind my work.
Links to some of my paper work:
- Report on “X-Press Pearl, a ‘new kind of oil spill’ consisting of a toxic mix of plastics and invisible chemicals” conducted in association with International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) https://ipen.org/sites/default/files/documents/ipen-sri-lanka-ship-fire-v1_2aw-en.pdf
- Lead content of paints in Sri Lanka, October 2021 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c09q_LYQLmsit4AVllzhP9Wx1_nJUREJ/view
- Position paper on “Why we should reject dental Amalgam”, March, 2019. https://ejustice.lk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CEJ-position-on-the-use-of-Dental-Amalgam-in-Sri-Lanka.pdf
- “Mercury warns people at Norochcholei and Puttlum”, February 2019. https://ejustice.lk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mercury-in-hair-samples-in-Puttalam.pdf
- National Report on Lead in Household dust in Sri Lanka, June 2014. http://ipen.org/sites/default/files/documents/Lead%20in%20household%20dust%20in%20sri%20lanka-June%202014%20.pdf
- National Report on New Sri Lanka’s Household paints, September 2013. http://ejustice.lk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Lead-paint-study-2013.pdf
- The Mercury Contamination in Some Selected Whitening Cream Samples Found in the Local Market. Published in the first national symposium on “The potential health and environmental impacts of exposure to hazardous natural and man-made chemicals and their proper management” by Centre for Environmental Justice, 2012. https://mtvsz.hu/dynamic/cej_mercury_research_paper_jan_2013.pdf
- Published an Abstract in Sixteenth annual scientific session of SLAFFAR (Sri Lanka Association For Fisheries & Aquatic Resources) (pp. 18) http://www.slafar.lk/images/pdf/scientific_sessions/2010.pdf
Citations of my work:
- Input parameters and assumptions of LCLTGEP 2018-2037 (pg. 19) http://efl.lk/v2/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/comments_efl14.03.2017.pdf
- Delusion that white people are more civilised than black or brown skin people https://thinkworth.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/delusion-that-white-people-are-more-civilised-than-black-or-brown-skin-people/
- Minamata Initial Assessment Report Sri Lanka
- PUBLIC CONSULTATION – INPUT PARAMETERS AND ASSUMPTIONS OF LCLTGEP 2018-2037 https://web.pucsl.gov.lk/english/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/8-Environmental%20Foundation%20Limited.pdf
- Lakmini, M.C. and Mahanama, K.R.R., 2021. Safety concerns of lead chromate in enamel paints: A study based on the Sri Lankan enamel paints industry after the lead paint regulatory enforcement. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 49(2), pp.311–320. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v49i2.10249 https://jnsfsl.sljol.info/articles/abstract/10.4038/jnsfsr.v49i2.10249/
Projects I have contributed in:
- Project on “Immediate Support to Respond to the Maritime Disaster in Sri Lanka”, funded by UNDP
- “IPEN Ship fire study”, that includes testing of plastic pellets and report publishing,
- Study on environmental pollution status of the coastal marine Environment from Negambo to Benthota coastal belt to evaluate the environmental effect of X-Press Peal ship accident” in association with the University of Sri Jayawardhenepura
- Project on “Safeguarding environment and natural resources and working towards sustainable development through awareness and advocacy” Funded by IDEA in association with USAID.
- “Enabling Sustainable Economic Growth through the Respect, Protect and Remedy Framework Targeting a selected community engaged in informal sector employment in Colombo suburbs” funded by UNDP.
- Project implementation for sampling and analyzing EDC levels in consumer products in Southeast and South Asian countries, leading to action for bans in each country with WIOEH providing laboratory and other technical assistance.
- “Empowering Environmental watchdogs at risking Asia” conducted by the Centre for Environmental Justice, funded by FoEI and EU.
- “Hg free dentistry in Sri Lanka”, Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: World Alliance.
- “Strategic engagement for strengthening rule of law, promoting environmental justice and democracy” funded by Asia Foundation,
- Project on Advocating for Food Sovereignty in the Asia Pacific, funded by FOEI
- Project intended to “Reduce the human-elephant conflict by attitude and behaviour change in people in the selected area” funded by KNCF.
- Gender Dimensions of Climate change projects with reference to the “Empowering Environmental watchdogs at risking Asia” conducted by the Centre for Environmental Justice, funded by Diakonia.
- “Non-Carbon Benefits study” Conducted by: Sri Lanka Climate and Forest Action Network (SLCFAN)/ Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: UN-REDD, Sri Lanka.
- “Asian Lead paint Elimination Project” Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: European Union and IPEN
- “Enhancing public awareness on chemical management” Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: UNDP/GEF/SGP
- “Wide spreading CKDue (Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology) in Sri Lanka, its causes and public perceptions” Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: Korea Green Association
- “Global Fish and Community Mercury Monitoring Project” Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: IPEN and Arnika, Czech Republic.
- “Information, Education and Communication Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation in Sri Lanka, The Sector vulnerability profile: Agriculture and Fisheries” Conducted by: Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Sri Lanka. Funded by: PILF, Sri Lanka
- Informally assisted in compilation of data on “Climate change adaptation plans and how TVET (Technical, Vocational Education and Training) systems and institutions can turn them into reality” for a UNESCO-UNEVOC Analytical Report.