President Maithripala Sirisena says at present the developed countries in the world once who destroyed the environment utilizing the modern technology to achieve their development goals have come forward to take the leadership to protect the environment for the survival of human beings.
Today , the entire mankind suffers from the results of destroying the nature , the President said that adding worse health situations, polluted air has deprived the right to life of human beings. He made these remarks participating in the Environment Conference held in Ratnapura, today (17).
Subsequently, to this inaugural conference on Environment in Rathnapura similar conferences will be held in different parts of the country.
During the event the President recalled the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris last January and according to the decisions taken at the Paris conference an environmental charter has been prepared, the President said.
President Sirisena said the world leaders who participated United Nations Climate Change Conference will meet again in New York, USA to sign that charter and he said the invitation in this regard has been extended by the UN.
The President said that when small countries like us signed agreements to protect the environment the powerful countries in the world who give advices to us didn’t sign those agreements and as a result of that at present they have to carry Oxygen bags with them.
In an era like this it is the prime responsibility of the public, including the politicians, public servants and school children to protect the environment, he said.
“The subject of the environment is a topic of moral. The pioneer environmentalist in the world is our Gautama Buddha, and the importance of the environment is taught by the other religious philosophies too,” the President said.
Expressing his views regarding the illegal gem-mining in the Ratnapura district , he said that those who are involved in this are not only destroying the mother earth but also the people’s right to life.
The President said that in the future as a government will pay firm attention in this regard.
The President also presented awards to the persons who committed themselves to protect the environment.
The President also presented an award to Heshan Munasinghe , a student from Sivali Central College – Ratnapura who made a special speech on protecting the environment.
The President also symbolically handed over scholarships to school children marking the 110 scholarships to school students by the Gem and Jewellery Authority.
450 waste bins were distributed among the religious places and state institutions in the Ratnapura district.
People’s representatives including, Minister John Seneviratne, Thalatha Athukorala, Sabaragamuwa Governor, Marshal Perera, Chief Minister of Sabaragamuwa Province, Maheepala Herath, Deputy Ministers Karunaratne Paranavitana, Dunesh Gankanda, Sumedha G. Jayasena, Secretary for the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Udaya R. Seneviratne, Mr. Bandula Harischandra, Divisional Secretary, Ratnapura, public servants and many others participated in the event.
President Maithripala Sirisena after participating in the Environment Conference visited the Saman Devalaya in Ratnapura.