Sri Lanka commemorates Ozone Day. A commemorative stamp was issued to mark the event.
The United Nations declared September 16th the Ozone. This year’s theme is “Universal Participation – Ozone Protection Unifies the World”. This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer.
The national ceremony marking the event was organized under the patronage of Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in Kurunegala today. A commemorative stamp and a First Day Cover were issued at this national ceremony, marking 25 years for the Vienna Convention. The Ozone layer surrounding the globe, preventing the emanation of rays from the sun to the earth is facing destruction due to human activities. Sri Lanka too is engaged in an untiring effort along with the world community to protect the Ozone layer to some extent searching for latest strategies in new technology, mainly on behalf of the future generations.
It is in this respect that Sri Lanka is launching large scale projects such as the Upper Kotmale Hydropower plant and mini hydropower plants such as the “We River” Scheme giving priority to water in the generation of electricity. In addition to reforestation, Sri Lanka is playing a pioneering role in building an Ozone friendly environment enacting new legislation such as the testing of smoke emitted by vehicles.