ECONOMYNEXT – Roman Catholic leader Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is calling on the government to enact tougher laws to protect the forests of the country.
Ranjith made this call when Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena called on him yesterday December 22, at the Bishop’s House in Colombo to wish him for Christmas, a Press release from the Ministry said.
“Our country is being deforested on a large scale by now. It has to stop and the government should take necessary steps to formulate a programme to protect forests in accordance with the Constitution itself” the statement quoted Ranjith as saying.
“Laws should be enacted to severely punish those who destroy the flora in this country. If the ecosystem of the country could be protected by doing so, our water resources would be in great demand, in future when the world is predicted to have a water shortage” the Cardinal said.
The Cardinal said that if the country’s ecosystem is protected the water resource could prove to be a source of income for Sri Lanka.
Commenting on this, the Minister said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s programme is dedicated to rescuing cities from being oxygen-deficient and that environment-friendly activities are included in the village-by-village development programme. (Colombo, December 23, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana