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Sri Lanka: Ports, Reefs and the Chinese: Sri Lanka’s call for justice by ASHANEE KOTTAGE December 06,2018   |  Source: The Island

The current ministerial crisis in Sri Lanka is a surprise to many, but not to the 600,000 people in the fishing trade, or to the environmentalists across the island. The inconsistency of election promises was evident to them when the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) Port City resumed construction, despite the call for an end from civilians due to its social and environmental impact.

The Colombo Port City (CPC) is meant to be a modern metropolis, reclaiming 269 hectares for a regional business, residential and tourism hub, but its future is bleaker than the government and the CHEC portray. As a freshman at Georgetown University, living in the U.S. half a world away, I am least impacted by the damage to reefs and depletion of resources on my island home, but it is still my home. As a citizen who hopes the country will maintain its identity of a prime coastal and eco-tourist destination, preserve its beauty, and invite people across the world, not just to visit but to live and love, I am terrified of the current trend.

The government is failing; as the people, we can’t afford to. Rachel Carson, marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book ‘Silent Spring’ and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement, is relevant

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