“What goes around, comes around” is an old saying that we all know. But how much do we really accept this fact? The way I see is, if we are ever afraid of happening to bear the consequences, we wouldn’t be doing most of the things we do today.

Thinking about a very simple fact, will a farmer spread agro-chemicals to his field if he accept that this poison can end up in his own plate and make him loose a kidney? Will a paint manufacturer mix up lead in paint if he accept that this lead can end up in his child’s toy and result in making him a permanent deaf? Well, I don’t think so….

Then, what do we lack? The knowledge on consequences of course! We don’t really know what our hazardous inputs to the environment can actually do to us. Because we haven’t seen what it has done so far, or do not pay heed as it is not relevant or has not affected “me and my family” so far. But is it true? Can we just wash our hands saying “not my problem”? When it comes back as an environmental disaster will it affect differently on “I didn’t do it people”?

So, let’s start to talk about causes and consequences. To step up in order to make a difference.

By admin

I am 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 at the Postgraduate Institute of Science at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with a GPA of 3.58. 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 Center 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, 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 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 Survey Conducted at Nilgala and Bogahapallassa conduct by CEJ incorporation with SHALIN, Finland. Which gave me the opportunity to understand the conflict between forest conservation and marginal residents. All these work included 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 of participating 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, 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. Later in 2014, I had to shift to Italy in order to fulfill my duty as a wife. Yet, nothing learned ever goes in vain. Since, it is impossible to get a carrier as an environmental scientist here in Italy, I use my spare time to generate something useful and helpful through my website. 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.

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