In an effort to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change on small islands and encourage a positive change through young Sri Lankans, Dilmah Conservation in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted a photography and art competition on the theme of climate change and its effects on Sri Lanka, a Small Island Developing State. Established by the United Nations in 1972, World Environment Day, celebrated by over 70 countries across the world, is a collective international effort to promote positive action towards the conservation of nature and the environment. This year, with the declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing states by the United Nations General Assembly, World Environmental Day focuses on small islands and climate change, highlighting the significance of conserving and protecting their distinctive wealth of biodiversity.

Home to diverse cultures and ethnicities, and an abundance of flora and fauna, small island nations are becoming increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change. These changes to the environment not only pose severe threats to island communities but plant and animal habitats and ecosystems, coupled with the growing incidence of extreme weather and natural disasters.

Help save our planet – Create Awareness and Win!

The ‘BE AWARE, TAKE CARE – Climate Change Photo and Art Competition’ commenced on 5th June 2014 marking World Environment Day while creating awareness of this global threat. Dilmah Conservation invited Sri Lankan residents between the ages of 13 – 18 to submit a powerful image or drawing depicting the threat of climate change accompanied by a meaningful caption.

These photos and illustrations must be submitted to the official Dilmah Conservation Facebook page at or emailed to before 25th July 2014. Drawings can also be posted to Dilmah Conservation, 111, Negombo Road, Peliyagoda.

25 finalists selected by a panel of judges will be entitled to a Guided Winners’ Day trip to the Uda Walawe National Park, The Mankada Traditional Arts and Crafts Centre and the Uda Walawe Elephant Transit Home. Of these finalists, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive additional educational gifts.

For more information on the Dilmah WED Challenge 2014 please visit:

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