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DateLine Sunday, 6 April 2008





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Government Gazette

Making Green Sri Pada Clean

It is a now a common sight to see many visitors at Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) picking up rubbish and disposing it

 in a good way. When one starts almost always the rest follow suit and this has been the start of a good campaign to make Sri Pada green and clean.

Sri Pada’s Peak Sanctuary is 7360 feet above sea level and it covers 22,380 hectares of lush forest. Encompassing tropical lowland, sub montane and montane rainforest, Adam’s Peak is the meeting place for majority of Sri Lanka’s religions, thereby making it one of Sri Lanka’s holiest pilgrimage places.

Sri Pada is the place where 10 of Sri Lanka’s major rivers spring including the longest river Mahaweli Ganga. There are 24 endemic bird species and 14 of IUCN’s Red Data endangered species including leopards, elephants, rare amphibians, insects and birds that call Sri Pada home. It is vital that the Peak Santuary is protected otherwise our endemic species will be wiped out forever.

The ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ youth organisation together with the youth of that area have started a month-long campaign collecting garbage with special garbage bags and disposing it in a good way. In addition to this, there is a huge dumping site near the climes in the Nalanthanniya area which is not only an pleasant sight but also dangerous to the fauna and flora around.

Many who venture to climb Sri Pada should now be wary about Mother Nature and should not litter and throw rubbish everywhere. After making a trip, collecting your garbage and taking it home is a better alternative than dumping it in the beautiful environs of Sri Pada.

“The youth of today should behave responsibly and have concern for the environment”, said Namal Rajapaksa, the Chairman of the ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ youth organisation. With this initiative, it is vital that every visitor to Sri Pada realises that we should live in harmony with nature and should not destroy or deface it.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Ceylinco Banyan Villas

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