Minister warns of global terrorism
Lakshmi DE SILVA
Global terrorism will take place within the country as well as
internationally if global warming continues at its present level,
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
"These climate refugees would create a huge social unrest. This would
lead to dispute on cultivable and livable land and to national and
international terrorism," the Minister said delivering the keynote
address at an international workshop at Colombo yesterday.
The two-day workshop on Maintaining Military Readiness by Managing
Ozone Depleting substances held at the Galadari Colombo was organized by
the Environment Ministry's National Ozone Unit and the Defence Ministry
with the assistance from the United Nations Environment Program.
Twenty three participants from China, Iran, Thailand Indonesia,
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were present.
Minister Ranawaka said Ozone represented a very small percentage of
the atmosphere but it should be noted that its presence was vital for
human, animal, plant life and the entire ecological systems as it
provides a protective shield that absorbs some of the potentially
harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
"Thanks to the Montreal Protocol on Substances depleting the Ozone
layer we have encouraging examples of how global solutions could be
found when countries make determined efforts to implement the protocols
on global environmental problems," the Minister said.
"We in the East have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. Our
ancestors lived using natural resources in a sustainable manner. Natural
resources were not over exploited for short term benefits.
The main reason for environment problems was the over-consumption and
use of natural resources in an unsustainable manner.
Minister Ranawaka said Sri Lanka was hosting this workshop for the
first time to emphasize that the military could participate in helping
to save the ozone layer and to fight global warming in the program
partnered by the UN and national government forces, Ranawaka said.
Madhawa Sarma of the Technical Evaluation and Assessment Program said
the objective to share knowledge on environment between China and US,
Russia and US, Pakistan and India would result in benefit to all nations
in gaining knowledge on conserving the environment.
"This workshop will help our countries not only to defend our
countries but also to cooperate and safeguard one another and our