Minister issues an environmental warning
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Champika Ranawaka
yesterday cautioned against an increased trend of ground water, air and
environment pollution in limited lands as manifesting due to overuse of
earth's resources. He said global warming may spread diseases and there
may be increase in mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies and bugs as a result.
Ranawaka said, of the people who have been inflicted with dengue
fever in Sri Lanka , 35 per cent are housewives and 28 per cent are
"Keeping the environment clean is everybody's responsibility. It is
also a personal and individual responsibility. It is not clean sport to
blame others if you yourself do not contribute to the cleanliness of the
environment you live in ."
Minister Ranawaka was speaking at an environment workshop on Waste
Disposal Management at Muslim Ladies' College,Colombo, where he handed
over several Pilisaru trash bins to the school under the Environment
Ministry's National Post Consumer Plastic Waste Management Project. He
said it is of utmost importance to train children in good environment
practices to control the planet's deteriorating environment.
"When anything is at the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong
way, it will become waste. But if it should be in the right place at the
right time in the right way it will become useful,"the Minister said.
"We have a policy to reduce the generation of plastic and polythene
waste in the 3R way by reducing, reusing and recycling the resources and
products," he said.
Ranawaka said they have taken the 3R message to 200 schools in the
country through Pilisaru Pola where schoolchildren brought reusable
plastic and polythene waste to the school ground and sold them to
buyers. "The money earned by the schools were made use of to develop
their school libraries and sometimes to paint their buildings," he said.