Sunday, February 03, 2008

Say no to Colombo garbage!

The saga of unending recyclomania and more stinking city garbage dumps

By Hemantha Withanage

At last, polythene products thinner than 20 microns are to be banned. But manufacturers started producing 21 microns polythene sheets and bags adding more volumes of plastic to the environment. What can we do now?

I don’t claim Colombo is the most polluted city in Asia. But, while many cities are becoming more environmentally friendly Colombo is moving in the other direction. Sri Lankan city limits are marked with stinking garbage dumps. Without sign boards anyone can know one is entering the city.


Friday, February 01, 2008

Sethusamudram project: Who looks after Sri Lanka's interests?

Hemantha Withanage

Executive Director, Environmental Scientist, Centre for Environmental Justice

The Construction of Sethusamudram, Ship Canal by the Indian government has become a controversial issue among the environmental groups in India and Sri Lanka. Unfortunately the Sri Lankan Government's position has not been made clear to the public yet. It was reported that the Indian government has suggested to the Sri Lankan Government that this canal could be used as a barrier to the terrorist movements. That could be a reason for the silence of the Sri Lankan Government.