Sri Lanka in LNG and renewable energy push as mass extinction fears fueled

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka wants to expand renewable energy and liquefied natural gas power as a 16 year old child warned that the world was on the cusp of a mass extinction, officials said.

Sri Lanka started off with hydro power decades ago, but has added coal and other sources of power such as coal during the last decade Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Sri Lanka had to boost renewable energy and was also planning to set up three liquefied natural gas power plants, he said.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was addressing seminar in Colombo backed by UK based World Renewable Energy Congress, a grouping that promotes such energy, under the theme of Green Colombo.

Megapolis Minister Patali Ranawaka said the climate change had brought the whole humanity to the brink of extinction.

“This is what the emotional cry of that 16 year old girl at the UN Climate Change Summit is all about,” he said.

Greta Thunberg, school girl from Sweden said all that people talk about is money and gross domestic product growth.

“People are dying, entire eco-systems are collapsing, we are at the beginning of a mass extinction,” she said.

“All you can talk about is the money, and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?”

Sweden has a per capita gross domestic product of 57,000 US dollars. Sri Lanka has a per capita GDP of 4,100 US dollars. (Colombo/Sept30/2019)