Apr 222013

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* U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka celebrates Earth Day cleaning up Galle Face beachMon, Apr 22, 2013, 09:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: The Embassy of the United States in Sri Lanka celebrated the Earth Day today by cleaning up the famous Galle Face beach in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Over 40 U.S. Embassy employees, Sri Lankan and American, joined together to clean litter from the beach along the Galle Face promenade in honor of Earth Day, the Embassy said.

Scouring the sand with trash bags, staff led by the U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison picked up enough garbage to fill the back of a pick-up truck.

Climate change is a top priority for the second term Obama administration, as well as a personal priority of Secretary of State John Kerry, the Embassy said.

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo says its “Green Team” works to improve energy efficiency in the mission and reduce waste.

According to the Embassy, the U.S. has made substantial progress in reducing emissions in recent years and the country is taking additional, strong executive action to address major polluting sources going forward.

Earth Day was created in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

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