World Environment Day!

Sri Lanka will mark ‘World Environment Day 2015’ with a National Ceremony at Watadageya historical site in Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa today (05) at 9.00 a.m. with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest. This year, Sri Lanka’s national theme for World Environment Day is ‘Sustainable use protects the earth’.

Parallel to the national ceremony, all schools have been requested to hold an assembly at 9.00 a.m. and conduct tree planting and clean-up campaigns and environmental exhibitions to raise awareness. Development of rural schools in Polonnaruwa, tree planting campaigns at Medirigiriya Watadageya premises and Somawathiya scared site, herbal garden and forest cultivations, implementation of solid waste management programmes and infrastructure development in the area will also be carried out.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the first World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5, 1973.