#6: Vositha Wijenayake, Executive Director, SLYCAN Trust


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Vositha Wijenayake is an international lawyer specialising in public international law, with a focus on international environmental law & UN human rights law. Vositha presently works as the Executive Director of SLYCAN Trust and is also a member of the national expert committee on climate change of Sri Lanka. Having worked since 2009 on bridging youth and environmental activism, she has focused on engaging youth as a key stakeholder in climate change processes through capacity building and awareness creation. She has over a decade of experience in working on climate change, at both the national and international level.

In this podcast, Vositha gives us a background in what drives Sri Lanka’s climate policy, how the media narrative is shaping up and whether Sri Lanka needs climate activism.

Notes –

01:42 – Vositha’s interest in environment and climate change

04:17 – SYCAN Trust and their challenges

08:36 – Sri Lankan government and their climate change policies

13:56 – Media narrative in Sri Lanka regarding climate change

17:35 – Informed climate activism

27:21 – The way forward in Sri Lanka

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