For every vote received: Gammanpila pledges to plant a tree
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader Udaya Gammanpila, yesterday, pledged to plant one tree for each vote he receives in the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections, so, he will be able to make his eco-friendly policies a reality.He said this while attending a programme organised by a group of environmentalists held in Colombo yesterday (27). He said that he was conducting an eco-friendly election campaign in the very beginning of his political career, without posters, polythene and firecrackers, marking a unique chapter in winning elections which led to minimising carbon emissions.
Further, he stressed that nowadays using posters for election campaigning has increased and it badly affects the environment. “The lifespan of a poster is a few hours or a few days and those posters are made using inferior paint. During the rainy season, the toxic chemicals in this poster may add to the environment. Hundreds of thousands of trees are being cut down to make posters. Firecrackers not only emit noise pollution, but also add toxins to the environment. Due to all these, the environment is polluted during the election period and the greatest destruction takes place,” Gammanpila said.
Addressing the gathering, Gammanpila stated that even though many said conducting an eco-friendly election campaign is a dream, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a good example to show that victory does not come from posters or firecrackers and is a person with an understanding of eco-friendly deep environmental concepts. “We witnessed the way former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen destroyed the Wilpattu Forest and we stand against him. So, if the number of preferential votes given to me by the people of the Colombo District is 300,000, today I pledge to plant 300,000 new plants in the next 5 years,” he said. (TR)