JLANKA TECHNOLOGIES Leads Sri Lanka’s Climate Change Battle
Climate change is the number one threat facing our planet today. The potential impacts on our natural environment, health and global economy are devastating in the near future. Mass deaths due to severe storms, famine and pollution are already evident across the globe. The time to act is long overdue!
The World Health Organization has published a comprehensive report, “Review of Climate Change and Health Activities in Sri Lanka”, which contains 36 pages of alarming statistics regarding the negative impacts of climate change on our population’s health and agriculture, two short excerpts below:
- The National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) Sector Vulnerability Profile for Health outlines the main climate change induced threats, which include sea level rise and coastal flooding, rising temperatures, flooding and droughts, and landslides.
- The Sector Vulnerability Profile, developed to support the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, identifies five main public health concerns resulting from climate change. First, vector-borne diseases, and specifically dengue fever, are expected to increase in prevalence and incidence. Second, leptospirosis and other rodent-borne diseases correspond with the two yearly monsoons in Sri Lanka. Third, food and water-borne diseases, such as dysentery, viral hepatitis and typhoid, are expected to be affected by the floods, landslides and droughts associated with climate change. Fourth, a number of other disorders, such as heat-related illnesses, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, and mental health issues, may be exacerbated by the changing environment. Finally, climate change is expected to affect nutrition through changes in food production and food security.
Imagine the parallel impacts on the country’s economy (i.e. tourism)!
JLanka Technologies, Sri Lanka’s premier solar provider, is committed to doing its part to preserve and improve the earth’s environment. Already the company has taken genuine efforts to mitigate climate issues by reducing Sri Lanka’s carbon emissions by 5,400+ tons of CO2 per year (over 32,000 solar panels installed since 2011.)
Now JLanka is taking on a leadership role to encourage climate change activists, including academics, scientists and business leaders, to join their proactive efforts. It is important the Sri Lankan commercial and industrial sectors quickly realize solar is good for business: Impressive financial returns, competitive differentiation and demonstrated community leadership. JLanka is leading the conversation and efforts to bring the country’s stakeholders together to address this urgent issue.
To demonstrate its serious pledge to reduce the effects of climate change in Sri Lanka, JLanka Technologies is co-organizing the International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC 2017) February 16-17.
In addition, JLanka will be presenting a Green Award to one superb Sri Lankan researcher offering practical and achievable solutions to address the adverse effects of climate change on health and agricultural. Subsequently, the research work will go through a vigorous evaluation process and upon fulfilling the criteria, a monetary grant will be awarded by JLanka Technologies (Pvt) Limited for implementation. The objective of this pursuit is to recognize the talent that exists locally and utilize the resources for the betterment of the country as a whole.
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