Uncontrolled tree felling should be stopped - Speaker
The uncontrolled tree felling in the hill country to cultivate
economic crops should be terminated with immediate effect to reverse a
possible environment calamity, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said.
Participating at the National Environment Day ceremony at the
Pinnawala National School as chief guest, he said that some are still
continuing the tree felling as a habit in hilly areas such as Nuwara
Eliya. He said this habit was a result of the large scale environment
destruction brought about by the colonialists during the colonial period
for commercial benefits.
The Speaker also noted that the President under the Mahinda Chinthana
Idiri Dakma has given instructions to protect the forest cover above
5,000 feet from the sea level. He pointed out that the historic
inscriptions of the country provide guidance for environmental
Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that
reforestation in the hills has been initiated to combat global warming.
“This is a fulfillment of our duty to the whole world as an
environmental friendly nation. Global warming has become the hot topic
in the global arena,” he said.
“It was reported that the temperature in most Arab countries as well
as New Delhi, India reached 40 Celsius Degrees last week. Doubts have
been raised in Dubai that the temperature will rise to 50 degrees in the
next Summer. This might lead to vast number of environmental hazards.
Therefore the whole world should make a unitary effort for a reduction
of carbon dioxide emissions,” he said.
This year’s Environmental Day theme was Forest: Nature at Your
Service. A tree plantation campaign was held in Namalgomuwa parallel to
the national ceremony. An environment day walk also took place in
Rambukkana. The Green Awards were also offered to 12 selected
institutions and individuals under seven categories. Financial and
material donations for schools and state institutions were also given.
An environment exhibition was also conducted in three halls in the
Rural Affairs Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne, Deputy Environment
Minister Abdul Cader, MP Kanaka Herath, Sabaragamuwa Province Chief
Minister Mahipala Herath and the heads of institutions under the
Environment Ministry also participated.