ENVFORCE: The FEO Youth Alliance

The FEO believes that an educated youth is vital to achieving a sustainable and green future.  To do our part, we created our ENVFORCE initiative to help young people become environmentally literate and conscious, and to become active participants in our country’s movement toward an environmentally sound future. 

Starting ENVFORCE in 2021, we have run many programs for school children from the ages of 13 to 18 years old, with the help of consulting scientists, professionals, and educators.  We have organised programs for different schools in:

  • Colombo city
  • Lunugamvehera
  • Horton Plains
  • Wasgamuwa
  • Minneriya

Our aim when running these programs is to make environmental consciousness relatable to the youth; to show them how conservation and sustainability applies to them in their daily lives and even to their future livelihoods; to show them what actions they can take to secure their future. We ask them to DARE:

  • Demonstrate leadership in matters concerning the environment by being the driving force within your immediate circle – be it school, university or a broader national level.
  • Acquire knowledge, skills, values, experiences, and the determination to act, both individually and collectively, to solve present and future environmental problems.
  • Raise awareness on environmental issues and the critical need for conservation, preservation, and restoration initiatives
  • Engage with one’s surroundings, by participating in environmental activities at school and within the community, and also at national and global levels.

The first graduates of our school program matriculated this year, in 2023, from the Lunugamvehera region.  These kids are now actively aware of the issues they face in their community, and seek solutions to them.  In addition, the are eager to mentor the next round of students enrolled in our program.

Now that we have established our programs in a few regions across Sri Lanka, with the aim of expanding, we intend to formulate a network of youths who are environmentally conscious and willing to advocate for themselves and a green future, spreading awareness and education themselves.  This special group will be the ENVFORCE Youth Alliance.