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    Foremost development goal should be water conservation - Minister Ranawaka Featured

    April 23, 2014

    International  Earth Day is celebrated all-over the world each year on April 22. The first International Mother Earth Day was celebrated in USA in 1970.

    On a concept of Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, a special program was organized by the National Science Foundation to mark  the 44th International Earth Day.

     

    Speaking at the function Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the our foremost development goal should be the conservation of water.  The Minister pointed out that  according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the global warming will increase and unless we reduce the fuel usage by 35% before 2030, we will have to face droughts, floods, rice in sea level, acidifying of oceans thereby causing destruction of oceanic living beings and corals.
     
    Minister Ranwaka pointed out that though this year's theme is "green cities", the issue for the next decade would not be fuel but water. Water pollution by agro-chemicals and industrial waste, change of monsoon patterns, floods and droughts may cause issues for water requirements for drinking, agriculture and power generation..

     

    There was a time we believed that the industrialization, which is known as the development can amazingly change the human life. A huge improvement occurred in the fields of science, technology, chemistry, communication and power after the first European war and the Second World War. With this accelerated development many countries of the world today had to face many issues and has made a big challenge to the existence of the human beings, the Minister said.

     

    He added that steps would be taken to educate all concerned through scientists  on future priorities in the science and development stream.

     

    Ms. Dhara Wijayatillake, Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Prof. W.L. Sumathipala, Chairman, National Science Foundation, Prof O.K. Dissanayake, Chairman  Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Officials of the  Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry, Meteorology Department andTechnology, Research and Atomic Energy Ministry together with its affiliated institutions, teachers and students participated at the function.

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