By Ifham Nizam
Protecting nature is one of the most immediate, powerful and cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis. Nature provides people with food, water, clean air and other services worth over USD 125 trillion a year, Environmental Scientist, Supun Lahiru Prakash said.
As the Convener of the Biodiversity Conservation and Research Circle, he was delivering the keynote address at the Earth Hour 2021 celebration organized by the Sri Lanka Scout Association at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, recently.
“Nature is also one of our strongest allies against climate change”, he stressed.
“Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis, but also to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival,” he outlined.
Major General (Retd.) Milinda Peiris, Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association was the chief guest at the event held with the participation of Commissioners and hundreds of scouts from across the country.
Prakash said that 2021 presents an unmissable opportunity for change. This year, world leaders will come together during key global conferences and fora to set the environmental agenda for the next decade and beyond.
Crucial political decisions will be made on climate action, nature and sustainable development decisions that will directly affect the fate of humanity and our planet for years to come, he pointed out.
“With your support, Earth Hour 2021 could be a spotlight moment that puts nature at the center of international conversations.
Together, we can speak up and show world leaders and other decision-makers around the globe that nature matters and urgent action must be taken to reverse nature loss”, he emphasized.
The Earth Hour celebration was initiated by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007. It is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment.
Celebrated annually on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for the planet.
But, Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off lights – it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.
Earth Hour is open-source, and welcomes everyone to take part and help amplify the mission to unite people to protect the planet. In 2007, People were encouraged around the world to switch off their lights to call attention to climate change.
Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’
By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam
The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.
Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.
A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.
The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.
According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.
The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.
DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.
PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners
By Norman Palihawadane
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.
Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.
The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”
Thilo Hoffman remembered
A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.
Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.
The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.
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