Nature, Art & Culture
Every living being receives
a rich bounty of sustenance from the environment. There
would be no enterprise, no life whether corporate or
private without the bounties of nature.
It is therefore a rude shock to the system to observe
how blatantly we take nature and the environment for
granted. Over the centuries, man has misused what nature
freely bestowed - clean air, clear water, warm sunshine
and the bounties of land and sea.
The preservation of our natural resources for generations
to come, has become a top priority for all.
SLT offers several programmes in the cause of preserving
Earth is Calling - Are you
The Company joined forces with
the Young Zoologists' Association to present a series
of public lectures on topics of high interest in this
Six lectures were held between July and December 2004,
which covered the topics - "Land Mammals of Sri Lanka",
"Fresh Water Fish of Sri Lanka", "Biodiversity and Conservation",
"Environmental Law", "Custom's Role in Biodiversity
Conservation" and "Marine Mammals".
The lectures were conducted by some of the most eminent
and erudite persons in their respective fields of expertise.
The Company Calendar for 2005 was themed upon this project.
The Company has undertaken to
keep the precincts of Sri Pada clean. As the Sri Pada
season gets under way, sizeable quantities of garbage
tend to build up, which if left untended, leads to adverse
effects to the area. Indeed, when garbage was collected
in a timely manner, changes in the species diversity
were observed, especially in the bird population in
Thus our cleaning programme has the dual effect of maintaining
a conducive environment for pilgrims as well as enabling
a study of the seasonal changes in the diversity of
fauna in the Sri Pada region.
We have also commenced a project to rid the Horton Plains
of the invasive Eulex plant. This rapidly growing plant
has proved a menace to the beautiful Plains and SLT
has an active campaign going to manually remove the
plant and prevent its spread.
The Company also conducts a number of Public Awareness
lectures throughout the year on different aspects of
the environment and the conservation process.