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Responsibility of environmental conservation cannot be overlooked; President

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 18:51

Responsibility of environmental conservation cannot be overlooked; President

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that today, the responsibility of environmental conservation cannot be overlooked. The President made this observation addressing a ceremony organized to present Presidential medals for environment pilots.

The presentation of Presidential medals for environment pilots was held at the President’s House in Colombo yesterday. It was organized for the eighth occasion. 40 schools and 93 environment pilots were awarded medals. The aim of this programme is to build an environment sensitive future generation directing students practically to the environment conservation process imparting to them environment education through school education. Priority has been given to the environmental pilot programme within the broad process of building a blue green era future Sri Lanka presented by President Maithripala Sirisena as Environment Minister.

This five year plan target is to transform four million school children as environmentally friendly citizens. Noteworthy is the granting of four marks separately for extracurricular activities in University admission for an environment pilot feted with Presidential medals.

The President pointed out to the officials concerned that this program should be actively activated from this year onwards to make the students aware of the environment without using knowledge of the environment limited only to books.

The President said that the world was changing rapidly along with development of physical resources. Accordingly mega cement concrete town flourished. He said that the forest density in Sri Lanka was 28 percent. A programme has been started to increase this figure to 32 percent. 1-5 percent of the forest density was decreasing yearly. If so this 28 percent will decreased rapidly. As such the President added that the children should be encouraged to environmental conservation.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 18:51