Environmentalists muster to save the environment Over 1000 issues at stake

By DR Prasanna cooray ( The Island) 05.03.2001717105361_755249257964308_1685765050_n
Last Wednesday (01.03.2017) afternoon a number of environmental groups from across the country gathered at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) auditorium in Borella to discuss the pressing issues they face in the environment front today and to come out with a plan of action to address those. This event was jointly convened by the Centre for Environmental & Nature Studies (CENS), the Young Journalists Association and the Parapuraka Balaya (Power of a Generation).

Development dilemma

A common concern that surfaced repeatedly throughout the discussion was the issue of “development”, defined and implemented by the successive governments of Sri Lanka during the past couple of decades.

Many speakers questioned the meaning of the word “develop...

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CENS School

A lecture was conducted in CENS school by Environmentalist Sudath Abeysinghe

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රටිටුන්ට සංදර්ශන පෙන්නා ජාතිවාදය ඇද ගමුද ? විල්පත්තු විනාශය යටගහමුද?

විල්පත්තු උතුරු අභය භූමියට ආසන්නව පිහිටා ඇති කල්ලාරු වනාන්තරයේ මාර්ග ඉදිකිරීම හා නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් යැයි කියා වනාන්තර විනාශ කිරීම මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ යුගයේ ආරම්භ වූ අතර එය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන යහ පාලන යුගයේත් එසේම සිදුවෙමින් පැවැතීම කනගාටුවට කරුණකිග එය පමණක් නොව රජයේ ඉදිරි සංවර්ධන සැලසුම්වලදී මෙරට වනාන්තර 39 ක් මෙලෙසම විනාශ වීමට අවශ්‍ය ඉඩකඩ ජාතික භෞතික සැලැස්ම හරහා මේ වන විට ක්‍රීරියාවට නංවමින් සිටී...

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Another land grab in Hambantota – in Village in the Jungle

By Dr Prsanna Cooray (The Island ,2017,01,15)

Close on the heels a move to hand over 15,000 acre land to the Chinese in Medilla in the Ambalantota Divisional Secretary Division in Hambantota District, come the news of a land grab comes from another corner of the same district––in the Suriyawewa Divisional Secretary Division. This time around, it is in a village in the jungle called Nabadegaswewa.

The Nabadegaswewa catchment reserve is a stretch of lush vegetation inhabited by a copious array of wildlife. This stretch of land has an exciting history to boost its vital environmental significance. It is home to two important watersheds of the Manamperi and Katuwewa tanks...

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වලිකාමමි විදුලි ව්‍යාපෘතිය අතුරු තහනම දිගටම

වලිකාමම් විදුලි ව්යාපෘතිය හේතුවෙන් ජලය අපවිත්ර වීම නිසා යාපන අර්ධද්වීපයට සිදුව ඇති දැවැන්ත පරිසර හානිය හා ජන ජීවිතයට එල්ල වී ඇති බාධාවන්ට එරෙහිව ගොනු කළ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම SCFR141/2015 සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු දැක්වීමෙන් අනතුරුව එය මානව හිමිකමි කඩවීමක් ලෙස සලකා උතුරු ජනනීය තවකාලිකව නවතාලීමට 2016/11/30 නියෝගයක් උපරීමාධීකරණය විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද අතර එම නියෝගය එලෙසම ක‍්‍රීයාත්මක කිරීමට 2017/ 01/31 දින ශේෂ්ථාධිකරණය තීරණය කරණ ලද අතර නැවත එම නඩුව මැයි මස 26 දක්වා කල් තබන ලදීග...

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Port City Project: Development or disaSter

By Kalani Kumarasinghe (Daily mirror)
The Port City project -stalled, suspended and recommenced-has been under public scrutiny for various reasons. Five years in the making, the project has withstood regime change, public protests and spurious criticism levelled by political parties and personalities who have changed their tunes according to election whims.
Nevertheless a group of activists who voiced their concerns over the detrimental consequences of the project have remained relentless. They still believe that the Port City project will be the greatest self-inflicted ecological hazard to Sri Lanka. The approached several environmental activists to query their stance on the project. Among them was Rev. Fr...

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SILENT KILLER DARKENS THE LIVES OF SRI LANKANS

by Duminda Alahakoon (Activist)

A country shaped like a teardrop, located in the Indian Ocean, at the end of southern tip of Indian continent called Sri Lanka. Once upon a time, considered as the granary of the Eastern World. As for centuries, farmers there used to largely produce rice. Not only to feed the country but also the world. Today that famous crown has become a thorny one, falling on those farmer’s heads drawing them into an undefeatable suffering of an epidemic for nearly three decades.

CKDU otherwise known as Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown remains as a silent epidemic in Sri Lanka due to its lack of symptoms at disease onset, complex multifactorial aetiology and social determinants...

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Do Or Die Battle Looms At Uma Oya

by Ifham Nizam

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/12/25/do-or-die-battle-looms-at-uma-oya/

Farmers cannot be sidelined in a country which is dependent on agriculture
Recent landslides in Koslanda could in fact be a result of the Uma Oya project as well
Uma Oya project is witnessing large scale land grabbing by politicians

Uma Oya Project: Development or disaster…
Plans are underway to stage a massive protest against the much debated Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. A number of villagers would join hands on Thursday, December 29 as a mark of solidarity against the ongoing project.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader villagers in Bandarawela said that despite their hue and cry, the authorities were not taking any action to avert their short falls especially when it comes to agricultural...

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ජීවත්වීමෙි කලාව සොබාදහමට අනුගත වීමයි- රංගන ශිල්පී ජනක රණසිංහ

සොබාදහම උදේසා කාන්තිවෝ සංවිධානය කල රුක්රෝපණ වැඩ සටහන හා පරිසර හිතකාමී සංස්කෘතියක් උදේසා කතාබහ පසුගිය නත්තල් දින උල්පත රක්ෂිතය තුලදී සිදුකෙරිණි මෙම අවස්ථාව සාර්ථක කරගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් සොබාදහම උදේසා කාන්තාවන් මෙන්ම ප්‍රවීණ රංගන ශිල්පි ජනක රණසිංහ මහතා හා රූපසාරි ලංකාතිලක මහත්මිය ඉමහත් වෙහෙසක් දරා කටයුතු කරණ ලදි. සොබාදහමි අධ්‍යන මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ සමාජික සාමාජිකාවන් මෙන්ම පූජ්‍ය වෑකදවල රාහුල හිමි හා දේවාලේගම පේමරතන හිමි මෙහි අනුශාසකත්වය දරණ ලදි...

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Bio chars water filter in CENS school , Sri Lnaka

Bio chars water filter was established in the CENS school by CENS . we used traditional knowledge of water management in Sri Lanka to build this filter . people used bio chars to clean their well water times ago . it is traditional knowledge comes from generation to generation. We established a filter with bio chars of Terminalia arjuna tree. Terminalia arjuna is a tree of the genus Terminalia. It is commonly known as arjuna or arjun tree in English, thella maddi in Telugu, kumbuk in Sinhala, marudha maram in Tamil and neer maruthu in Malayalam. bio chars of this tree has ability to purified water and filter even heavy metals in the water .This filtet will be a one of solution to avoid CKDU problem in Sri Lanka ..

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