http://www.worldoceansday.org is tomorrow and the theme is twinned with the Environment Day just passed, of “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”
As one of the worst offenders of putting plastics in the Ocean around us, we need to be far more aware of what we can do to stop it. At the last flood there was NO attempt to stop the plastic floating on the water from reaching the sea, for example from the Kelani River, which meant that due to the flood, other debri that accumulated on normal ground that was flooded, and streams and canals all went into the sea through rivers such as the Kelani.
It is simply disgraceful that we don’t have a state that takes action unless someone higher up demands it. With the country having a beleaguered President and Prime Minister facing all sorts of survival issues and threats and allegations, they have hardly had the time to be concerned about the survival of the planet or Sri Lanka for that matter.
In their absence no one not even the Secretaries of the Ministry of the Environment have TAKEN THE INITIATIVE to ensure the public at large are aware of the significance of the ocean around us for our very survival and taken steps to have half the country that lives within 20 KM of the sea to take part in beach cleanups so that we are all made aware of the importance of this to both our tourism industry, and to the development and growth of this Country.
So please, those who at least who have taken the time to read this, please make those around you aware that Sri Lanka in particular needs the Oceans more than most countries, and a dirty, polluted ocean will eventually come to haunt us, and more importantly the generation NOT BORN YET who has to face the crap we have left for them to clean up.
Why would another generation want to clean the mess we left for them. Don’t you understand that they will curse us all their lives, that we have made their lives so miserable.
I have lived long enough to know that 50 years ago, I used to go to the beach at least once a week if not more and I can honestly tell you, I have never had to see any unpleasant stuff on the beacj and the most the tide brought it was a fruit of a mangrove tree or a coconut tree that was floating on the water. How times have changed and I cringe when I walk on the beach these days. Sri Lanka has yet to import those huge beach cleaners that places that the USA have had for 50+ years to clean the beach of all debri other than the sand, by sucking it up!