Many politicians unaware of meaning – Ven. Rathana Thera
By Nabiya Vaffoor
Many politicians who parrot about sustainable development don’t even have an idea about these words, said MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera.
The inauguration of an initiative to plant 100 million trees was organised under the patronage of the Venerable Thera on behalf of the Matha Organisation. As per the United Nations Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Matha has planned to thrust its responsibility into the limelight, by increasing greenery to combat global warming.
Addressing the gathering, the Thera said, “Many politicians who parrot about sustainable development don’t even have an idea about these words. This Government was critically claimed that they take part in deforestation in the name of development, but the higher authorities who handle these projects should be vigilant enough to maintain the balance of the environment. When deforestation takes place in any part of the country for development projects, the Government should start plantation works in another part of the country as the same number of trees that were cut for the project. That is sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, the official website of Matha was launched during this programme by former Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara.
Many dignitaries including Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, professional bodybuilder Lucion Pushparaj, and GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya showed their support by sending video messages. Prof. Harini Ranasinghe delivered a special address on the importance of trees.
A message by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also read to the gathering by actor Roshan Ranawana.
Various professionals, higher authorities, religious leaders and political figures including Dilantha Malagamuwa, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, Keerthi Pasquel, Roshan Ranawana, Kumar Sangakkara, Bathiya Jayakody, Santhush Weeraman and Prof. Hemantha Ranasinghe participated. This inauguration took place at Waters Edge in Battaramulla, yesterday (22).
(Pic By Nuwan Amarawansha)