PM says addressing environmental challenges a must
The World Environment Day is commemorated today. The national ceremony to mark the ‘World Environment Day’ was held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution” which calls for people to come together to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges.
The government has also declared an ‘Environment Week’ and during the week the Central Environment Authority will take measures to regulate polythene and plastic waste disposal and raise awareness among the public.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says all citizens should actively take part in addressing environmental challenges by changing attitudes and though small gestures that will show inborn respect to the nature.
Issuing a statement to mark the World Environment day Premier Wickremesinghe stressed the environment, critical to the existence of both living and non living things on earth, must be preserved at all times and everywhere without restraint.
The Prime Minister noted that the government announced a ban on polythene that took effect from 1st of September 2017 in a bid to find a sustainable solution to solid waste management.
The Premier meanwhile said the country experienced severe natural disasters in the recent past as a result of urbanization, inadequate development projects, destruction of natural resources and switching from an environmentally friendly, traditional lifestyle to a more complex lifestyle with many requirements.