Taking a step back to October 21st, the day of Project Coast 2.0, feels like revisiting a crucial
chapter in our collective journey toward environmental responsibility. The second edition of
this impactful CSR event was put out together by AIESEC in NSBM in collaboration with
AIESEC in NIBM, drawing together a formidable force of over 100 dedicated delegates at the
serene Wellawatta Beach.
Project Coast 2.0 went beyond the boundaries of a typical beach cleanup project. It echoed
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 14- a firm promise to act on climate change
and the conservation of life below water. Amidst the disheartening scenes of human impact
on our beautiful coastline, which was gifted by Mother Nature, there emerged a hopeful
narrative of responsibility and the potential for positive change.
This day was etched with memorable memories, made even more significant by the
partnerships forged with Altrium, Center for Beach Cleanups, Clean Ocean Force, etc.
Witnessing the active involvement of our esteemed partners from Altrium in the event was
a heartening sight, reinforcing the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving our goals.
Moreover, Clean Ocean Force, who generously provided hand-made bracelets to all the
participants, added a touch of unity and environmental awareness to the event.
As the radiant sun painted the sky above the beautiful sea, delegates immersed themselves
in a unique experience filled with discovery and action. Project Coast 2.0 was an immersive
experience that left a lasting impact on each delegate. The air was filled with enthusiasm as
the volunteers, armed with gloves and trash bags, combed the coastline. The shared
laughter, the sense of accomplishment, and the new connections formed a tapestry of
memories. Delegates not only saw the positive change they were creating but also felt a
deep connection with the environment each other.
The active participation of the PR figure, Menasha Nanayakkara, added a distinct layer to
our cleanup efforts. Her presence, side by side with the volunteers, exemplified the
universality of our cause and emphasized the importance of diverse voices in championing
As an Organizing Committee Vice President, I felt immense pride in witnessing the
enthusiasm of the youth volunteers. Their dedication mirrored the essence of AIESEC’s
mission; fostering change in youth and nurturing a generation mindful of its impact on the
environment. Through events like Project Coast 2.0, AIESEC has played a transformative role
in shaping the perspectives of its youth members. It was indeed a journey of awakening,
growth, and collective responsibility.
The culmination of the cleanup project brought forth a transformed coastline, once marred
by litter and negligence. Standing at the Organizing Committee closing, a sense of
accomplishment enveloped me. Achievement of a pristine beach strengthened bonds
with fellow nature lovers, and a shared commitment to sustaining a positive change.
In bidding farewell to Project Coast 2.0, we stand on the shores accomplishment, a
collective echo of positive change. As the waves of our efforts ripple through the clean
Coastline, let this be a reminder that, together, we can create a sea of transformation. Until
the next tide of change, let’s continue to nurture our shared commitment to safeguarding
our precious shores, fostering a brighter, cleaner future for all.
AIESEC in NSBM