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Sri Lanka Girl Guides go eco-friendly
Guiding Light

Between the 5th and the 10th of March 2009, the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association simultaneously held 15 eco-friendly District-level camps across the country. A hundred Guides (i.e. girls between the ages of 11 and 17 years) participated in each camp.

The camps were held at various locations in the island including Thambuttegama, Nuwara Eliya and Matugama. The camp closest to Colombo was held at Hanwella Rajasinghe Madhya Maha Vidyalaya in Hanwella.

It was a fun and challenging experience for the Guides who had to camp in true eco-style, having to find eco-friendly alternatives to many of the modern day conveniences they were used to, such as cutlery, crockery and even tents.

As part of the many environment-friendly activities the Guides took part in during their stay at camp, they went on a campaign to stop the use of 'sili sili' bags in the various localities in which they camped. On Sunday March 8, Guides from each of the 15 camps took to the streets as they visited markets and other public areas, in an endeavour to communicate to the general public the dangers to the environment by using 'sili sili' bags and other forms of polythene and plastic packing.

In Hanwella, the Guides visited the main Hanwella market and other small boutiques. They also walked along the A4 and other by-roads looking out for members of the general public carrying 'sili sili' bags which they swapped for cloth bags, made by the Guides, after having explained to them the impact of 'sili sili' bags on the environment.

The project was immensely successful. The efforts of the Guides were appreciated by the majority of the public that they were able to convince. The Guides themselves, though tired after a hard morning, were greatly satisfied with their efforts, especially when they saw the number of 'sili sili' bags they had collected.

This project was carried out as part of the Association's drive to create awareness of global warming and its consequences.

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