Capitalist Environmental Massacre – Keep Eyes Shut or Unite To Defeat
Will Crudia zeylanica be under the Highway?
A rare plant was identified unique to Sri Lanka, called Crudia zeylanica, with a scientific value, that has not been seen since 1911. It was later named as a plant that was extinct from the world in 1988. Recently it was found in an area related to Mirigama and got massive publicity in international media. The question is that the plant was located in a place where the central Highway built recently. At that time, the Yahapalana government decided to remove the plant from the natural habitat and replant it elsewhere. Due to the protest by environmentalists’ groups, the government promised to change the Highway path and allow the plant to remain in the same environment. But the current government is doing official work to remove the plant from its natural habitat to another location. We give below some information as evidence:-
There are two questions here. The first, this rare plant exists, because it is in its natural environment. The second is the most extractive threatened plants in the world are preserving in botanical gardens and labs and considered to be revered. Removing this plant from its natural environment is a critical issue. This plant is not observed in the ecosystem evaluation previously made for the construction of the Central Highway, and the ecosystem may have many such valuable creatures. The highway constructions authority should not build a Highway through the area without a formal and comprehensive environmental evaluation process. Either constructions of Highway should change its path as agreed before, or the project should postpone until the correct assessment is received. The other question is that the company undertaken to relocate it elsewhere is Malwatta Property Developers. This company is involved in the Muthurajawela wet ground building project, which is of international importance.
No surprise that capital needs are prioritized over the environment and human lives in the current socio-economic system. But these human-made destructions are irreversible. The only plant left will be lost to the world because it has been removed out of the natural environment.
The rulers who made promises to protect the environment are not taking it seriously. If they are responsible, removing this plant will not be handed over to the company that builds Muthurajawela, another environmental disaster.
In this dire predicament, we must decide whether to wait for another leader to appear who protects the environment or fight together to protect the environment, which is our right. In a society where only profits matter, these incidents teach us that the only recourse to secure our rights is to unite and fight.
Crudia zeylanica අධිවේගයට යට වෙයිද?