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CEA celebrates 30th anniversary with Green Economy Forum
Signs that the world is moving towards an Economic Crisis is visible. However, countries also need to look at strengthening their social and environmental capital, said internationally acclaimed Prof. Mohan Munasinghe last week, while also making references to the recent London riots. He made these comments at a forum, ?Greening the Economy?, organised by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to mark its 30th Anniversary.
Speakers at the forum organised by the CEA

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe was the Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) co-laureate of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Addressing the gathering, Prof. Munasinghe said the world is in need of adopting Millennium Consumption Goals (MCG) by the rich, similar to the Millennium Development Goals (MGD) designed to alleviate power reduction. It is projected that the world is facing a catastrophic future due to climate change, and the rich countries are to blame for emitting greenhouse gases such as CO2, as a result of their consumption patterns.

MCG is a concept of Sri Lankan scholar Prof. Munasinghe himself. He said the concept has been discussed for many years, and will continue to lobby this novel idea at future international meetings on sustainable development. MCGs will also be presented to the preparatory meeting for the forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development summit known as Rio+20 to be held in Brazil next year.

Even though world leaders agreed on emission cuts, the talks held in Copenhagen and Cancun in the last two years failed to meet them. The next round of talks will be held this December in Durban, South Africa, but Prof. Munasinghe said there are no big hopes for a binding agreement. The Professor complained that the world is going backwards, which could result in rise in global temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius, triggering catastrophic events such as rise in sea levels and extreme weather patterns.

Meanwhile, Chairman-CEA, Charitha Herath said there are a series of events lined up to mark the 30th Anniversary of CEA. The CEA also organizes National Green Awards to be held next week. These National Green Awards will be the country?s main environmental award from this year, which will recognize industries and personnel who strive for a balance by adopting eco-friendly practices.

Environment professionals should never compromise their principles or yield to forces that do not have the environment?s best interests at heart. Former Sri Lanka Tourism Board chairman Renton de Alwis made this comment at this week?s annual general meeting of the Institute of Environmental Professionals.
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