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‘Existing laws insufficient to protect environment’

Adivasi chieftain Uruwarige Wannila Aththo plants a jak sapling at the event.
Adivasi chieftain Uruwarige Wannila Aththo plants a jak sapling at the event.

Our ancestors protected the environment for future generations. The present generation destroys it without any feeling, Adivasi chieftain Uruwarige Wannila Aththo said.

He was speaking at a ceremony to plant jak saplings, in Ibbankatuwa, Dambulla.

Wannila Aththo said the leaders are holding environmental days to encourage the public to protect the environment. However, it was of no use, as the existing laws and regulations are insufficient to curb deforestation.

He said he once visited Switzerland and saw that the environment protection laws of that country were commendable. The public obey the laws and respect it. If they want to cut down a tree, they should plant a tree and show it to relevant officials. Otherwise, they cannot cut down a tree.

Two years ago, a number of families in Meethotamulla died when the garbage dump collapsed. It was a great tragedy. The main cause for disasters is the devastation of environment. This crime has been committed by human beings, the Adivasi chieftain said. “Colonial rulers also destroyed the indigenous environment. Kithul and other trees were cut down. Our leaders must take immediate action to protect the environment, starting at the grass-root level. Otherwise, future generations will suffer,” he said.


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