A shortage of
Sri Lanka too, like most other countries, is heading towards a
difficult period where food is concerned. A major topic among all of us
today is the food crisis.
The prices of vegetables, fruits and other essential food items have
soared mainly due to the floods that affected the country recently. Many
farmlands were inundated by water, totally destroying crops and paddy
There is a shortage of food in the market so, are we really heading
towards a food crisis? Many think so, especially because there seems to
be a crisis in other parts of the world.Climate change has impacted
agriculture, the world over. Cutting down trees, is one of the main
reasons for such changes. Many do not think of the results of their
actions. The climate is changing rapidly. We do not know when it will
rain or when there will be a drought again. Will the climate ever come
back to normal again? In the past, the farmers knew about the seasonal
changes in the weather. They could tell exactly when the rainy season
and dry season was.
They used to cultivate crops, in accordance with these weather
conditions and not much harm was done to their cultivations. However,
today when all their cultivated crops are destroyed by severe rains or
droughts, the farmers find it difficult to get a good harvest.
They are unable to cultivate during the rainy season as they did in
the past, due to flash floods today. So, when farmers cannot cultivate,
who will provide us with the food items needed for our consumption?
Naturally, there will be a shortage of food.
I think the major reason we are heading towards a severe shortage of
food is the inability to cultivate due to the unpredictable weather
experienced these days.
A drought is a
hazard to all
A drought is like a cancer to humans and animals. It is described as
a period of abnormal dryness in a region.
It usually occurs when there is no rain over a long period of time. A
drought can also occur due to the conditions in the soil, especially
when it cannot retain rain water for a considerable period of time.Even
to Mother Nature, a drought is a big problem. For instance, the plants
and trees all wither and become an ugly sight because they have no
leaves or pretty flowers. They have all dried up and fallen off. During
such times, the rays of the burning sun falls directly on the ground as
there is no shade.
The heat is unbearable and we cannot even keep our feet on the
ground. It becomes difficult to walk barefoot.
A drought causes many problems to all living creatures. People have
no water to drink, cook or cultivate. It leads to crop failure and
shortages of food.
How can people get food and water without rain? In some areas the
soil has dried up completely and farmers cannot cultivate their paddy
In ancient times, the kings of Sri Lanka such as King Dathusena, King
Mahasen, King Walagamba, King Agbo I and King Parakramabahu, built tanks
and canals to store water to use during such droughts. Some of them are
damaged. So, if we reconstruct the canals and even build new ones we
will not face such problems.
One of the main reasons for natural disasters is the destruction of
nature. The more we respect nature and the more we protect it, the more
we will avoid obstacles such as severe droughts in the future.
I request all of you to protect Mother Nature because our country is
a treasure given to us by God. Now it is a free country and we can do
wonders to develop our motherland.
We cannot destroy nature and hamper development. If you are against
nature, the punishment for it will be given to you by Mother Nature
itself. The consequences will be very gloomy.
If you are...
If you are the sun,
I'll be a sunflower,
If you are a moon,
I'll be a water lilly,
If you are a star,
I'll be the sky,
If you are a flower,
I'll be the fragrance,
If you are an ocean,
I'll be the waves,
If you are a bird,
I'll be your voice,
If you are a lion,
I'll be your mane,
If you can be my loving friend,
I'll be with you forever.
our wild elephants
Today Sri Lanka is faced with the danger of losing one of nature's
precious gifts - the wild elephants.
There is a huge decrease in the number of elephants living in the
wild, and human beings are mostly responsible for this. Among those
responsible for destroying elephants are the people who kill elephants
for their tusks. This is a sad situation where life has to be destroyed
Apart from them, those who purchase items made out of ivory or
elephant hair are also responsible for the diminishing number of
elephants. If there is no market for ivory or elephant hair products,
these majestic animals will not be killed.
Elephants are also killed by many who do chena cultivation and large
scale farming such as sugar cane and paddy cultivation.
Many such farmers in Udawalawa, Moneragala and Galoya regions are
directly responsible for the dwindling elephant population in the
Today many villagers have settled in areas which are elephant
habitats or are situated near such habitats. So, there is a
elephant-human conflict. Immediate steps must be taken to protect such
habitats if we are to prevent elephants from disappearing.
The existing laws must be strengthened and implemented strictly.
Forest Rangers must be employed to take action against hunters.
It is also necessary to set up more orphanages such as Pinnawala and
Udawalawa Transit Home to look after the injured elephants and also
those who have strayed from their herds.
The media should play an important role in raising public awareness
about the urgent need of protecting our wild elephants.
Elephants are the largest mammals on land and a gift of nature.
It is our duty to protect them and let them live freely in their
If we encroach their habitats, we must provide them with alternative
habitats to live in.
How I spend my
A hobby makes living interesting. It is a pursuit outside one's
regular work. Since a hobby gives a person joy and pleasure, one does
not get tired of it. It is a great form of relaxation during leisure.
When indulging in a hobby a person learns something, while making the
best use of one's free time.
There are many hobbies such as drawing, painting, gardening, stamp
collecting, photography, reading, sewing, crafts, embroidery, knitting,
cooking, pet care and coin collecting.
My favourite hobbies are gardening, stamp collecting, reading and
coin collecting.Gardening gives me immense pleasure. When I see the
seeds sown by me growing into beautiful plants with blooming flowers, it
gives me a great sense of fulfilment. I enjoy tending to my plants and
watering them everyday. It gives me satisfaction and also helps me keep
healthy by being active.
I grow flowers and vegetables in my garden. The greenery of plants
and the sweet fragrance of flowers are like tonic for my mind. In a
world full of tension and pollution, it is a great relief to see
beautiful flowers and lovely plants.
Another hobby which I pursue is stamp and coin collecting. I have
collected hundred of stamps. I have arranged them in six albums
according to continents. Each stamp has a story to tell me about the
distant lands, strange people and the history of nations.It is a
pleasure to exchange stamps. I have made many friends here and abroad by
exchanging stamps.Even though these hobbies are somewhat expensive, I
love them. My hobbies have tremendously helped me to become a great
lover of the environment.
Value of trees
Trees are an integral part of the environment and have been
considered man's friends for a long time. Trees are useful not only for
human beings, but also for birds and animals.
In the days of our ancestors, they used the fruits of trees as food,
the leaves for clothing and the wood for housing.
We cannot live without trees even today because the oxygen we breathe
is given to us by them.Trees provide shelter from the sun, wind and
rain.Trees also beautify the environment and prevent soil erosion. They
also give us firewood and wood to make furniture. Certain roots, herbs
and leaves of trees are used to prepare medicines.
Trees play a vital role in the water cycle. If there are no trees,
there will be no rain. That's how certain areas have become deserts
Felling of trees is a major problem in Sri Lanka. Some people destroy
trees due to monetary reasons. If we cut down trees in this manner, our
motherland too will become a desert one day. When we cut down trees,
underground water resources run dry.
Trees can be regarded as a gift of nature to
man and animals. Therefore, we should protect and preserve them for
ever. We must protect trees by planting a tree for every one we cutdown.
If we hope to make a better world, we should encourage our future
generation to plant trees.
Let's save trees that save us. Can you imagine a world without trees?
A day at Galle Face Green
One day I visited the Galle Face Green with my parents. I took my bat
and ball with me. We saw some fishing boats sailing in the distant sea.
I met some of my friends at the Green and we played cricket. After that
we had some snacks and ice-creams.
Later we went to the bridge and also visited the lighthouse. Then one
of my friends showed me some ships in the middle of the sea. When we
came back, my friends and I built some castles on the beach and we
frolicked in the water.
When it was time to leave, I bade goodbye to my friends and came
home. It was a very enjoyable day on the beach.