Every day we see and hear more environmental destruction than ever before. It is quite a challenge to protect the environment in a world where rapidly increasing human population, greed and ignorance is stressing the planet beyond its limits to provide sustainable natural resources for all. The “Earth Overshoot Day” marks the approximate date when humans have used more of Earth’s renewable resources than the planet can regenerate in a year. Earth Overshoot Day gets earlier each year as we continue to demand more and more of our small planet. It falls on August 1st this year 2018.
While all sounds doom and gloom, we should remember that if our ancestors did not fight for and protect what is remaining today, we would not have any Rainforests or National Parks left in our country. In the early 1970’s when the Plywood Corporation was clear-cutting Sinharaja and Kanneliya Rainforests, it was the collective efforts of Environmentalists, Scientists, Clergy and the general Public that halted the destruction. We should be thankful for their efforts and realize it was a long-fought battle that took seven long years. Therefore, lets work together and help protect what is remaining for us and our future generations.
Destruction of Kitulgala Riverine EcoSystem, one of the most
bio-diverse areas in Sri Lanka
Point Endemic Devario micronema that is found no where else on earth but Kitulgala Riverine EcoSystem currently destroyed due to mini-hydro projects
Kitulgala Ecosystem exhibits nearly the same biodiversity as that of Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest. Unfortunately, the authorities in Sri Lanka with powers to protect the environment has failed completely when it comes to protecting this vital ecosystem and catchment area. With Broadlands Hydropower project currently destroying both the ecosystem and tourism, another private mini-hydro project has been approved to destroy what remains. While Broadlands hydropower project will not even generate 1% of the needed energy for the country, the private mini-hydro project would not generate even 0.005%. Therefore, we are alarmed why the authorities are destroying such vital natural heritage as well as killing thousands of tourism based jobs.
Stop the Ecologically and Socio-Economically Destructive Kitulgala Mini-Hydro Project
Immediately Halt! Kitulgala Broadlands Mini Hydro Project in Sri Lanka which has affected White Water Rafting Tourism!
While petitions alone may not save the last remaining pristine ecosystems, it will help spread the message among general public as today’s media hardly cares about exposing environmental destruction, which has resulted in many destructive projects being carried out with little to no opposition.
Kitulgala Riverine Rainforest EcoSystem – Gone Forever!