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“SL corporate sector praiseworthy for protecting environment”

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President of Rotary International Jenifer Jones with Rotary and CSE officials at ‘Ring the Bell for Sustainability’ event. Picture by Sudath Nishantha
President of Rotary International Jenifer Jones with Rotary and CSE officials at ‘Ring the Bell for Sustainability’ event. Picture by Sudath Nishantha

Sri Lanka corporate sector are doing a praiseworthy job in helping to protect the environment said visiting President of Rotary International Jennifer Jones yesterday to ‘Daily News Business’ at an event hosted by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), in collaboration with the Rotary District 3220 Sri Lanka and Maldives, the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, to ring the Bell for “Sustainability” yesterday.

She said the Lanka corporate sector is taking several meaningful steps toward the protection of the environment and this has to be lauded and she was extremely pleased with the program initiated by the Rotary District 3220 where they are initiating the plantation of one million trees.

She also enough both the government and the private sector to engage in planting more mangroves which are very environmentally friendly. Jones also said that the plastic waste management should be a key issue in the corporate agenda as this is a huge environmental issue.

“We have also observed that at a postmortem of a dead whale overseas over 50 kilos of plastic waste was found in the animal. This is not acceptable.”

Meanwhile in a shocking revelation, the first female Rotary Governor to be elected to serve Rotary Sri Lanka Gowri Rajan, said that according to an World Economic Forum report Sri Lanka is ranked very low in the World Environmental Report being placed 132 from 180 countries. Three years ago Sri Lanka was placed in the 129th position. She also disclosed that the Lankan Forest cover which was at 53% has declined to 29% in 2012. “It is very alarming to note that this is now fewer than 20%.”

She also said that their initiative to plant 1 million trees commenced in 2015 and 3,000 trees have been already planted. “We did plant more and some of them have died and now Hayleys have come forward to nurse and upkeep these plants.”

Several corporate sector leaders also pledged financial support as well as undertaken to grow plants as a CSR initiative. Chief Executive Officer at Colombo Stock Exchange Rajeeva Bandaranaike said that the main objective of the bell ringing ceremony yesterday was to mark the importance of promoting greater diversity and inclusivity in the Sri Lankan corporate sector. “We also request cooperation to engage more in protection of the environment.”

 

Friday, December 16, 2022 – 01:00











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