He made this statement addressing a conference on ‘destruction of the central hills, destruction of our future’ held at the Ginigath hena Central College yesterday (13).
He said the environment does not belong to man but man belongs to the environment.
He further said due to the arbitrary actions of s handful of rulers, several world heritage sites are facing the threat of losing its status.
He pointed out that two of the greatest environmental destructions in recent times is the Broadlands hydro power project and the Uma Oya project.
Widyaratne said due to the destruction caused in the Central hills, the country’s main irrigation and cultural heritage, farming is being threatened.
Professor of geography at the Kelaniya University, Jinadasa Katupotha and Senior Lecturer of the Rajarata University, M.B. Godigamuwa also spoke.