Target: Maithreepala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka
Goal: Praise efforts to protect precious forests and wildlife.
In a press conference recently, the government of Sri Lanka, alongside a bevy of environmentally oriented non-profit organizations, announced that it will engage in a program aimed at comprehensively protecting its mangrove forests. This landmark move makes Sri Lanka the first nation in the world to take on such a task.
Working alongside organizations like Seacology and the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka, the nation is poised to conserve the entire mangrove ecosystem of Sri Lanka, which is a little over 21,000 acres. Sri Lanka’s president, Maithreepala Sirisena, expressed a great commitment to preserving the nation’s mangrove forests by stating that Sri Lanka takes special responsibility for conserving the forests and will work diligently to ensure that they are protected.
Mangroves are, specifically, tropical trees that, in the last 100 years or so, have been lost and continue to be destroyed at a rate of approximately one percent a year. Mangrove forests are vitally important to the ecosystem, since they remove five times more carbon per area than other types of forests, thus alleviating the issue of climate change. Also, their root systems serve as healthy nurseries for various species of fish and even serve an environmental buffer, decreasing damage caused by hurricanes and tsunamis.
In addition to saving Sri Lanka’s 21,000-plus acres of mangrove forests, the nation also plans to replant a staggering 9,600 acres of mangrove forests that have been cut down or obliterated due to industrialization. Sri Lanka’s president also seeks to provide legal protection for all of the nation’s mangroves and mangrove forests, and will also station forest rangers to patrol mangrove forests.
Sign the petition to applaud President Maithreepala Sirisena of Sri Lanka for supporting and spearheading such an environmentally monumental decision.
Dear President Maithreepala Sirisena,
It has recently come to my attention that Sri Lanka will make incredible efforts to protect its mangrove forests. As an environmentalist, I believe that your landmark decision deserves to be applauded.
Mangrove forests are disappearing at a rapid rate. In fact, one percent of mangrove trees and mangrove forests are depleted every year, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem at large. Since mangrove forests remove five times more carbon per area than other types of forests, they contribute positively to buffering climate change. However, when they are cut down or compromised by industrialization, climate change is perpetuated and our environmental health plunges.
Your plan to save mangrove forests in Sri Lanka makes you the first nation in the world to ever take on such a feat. The decision that you’ve made will not only affect the livelihoods of Sri Lanka’s ecosystem and its wildlife, but will positively impact the lives of Sri Lankans, as they are provided with jobs, education and the necessary income to take care of themselves and their families.
Thank you for taking environmentalism seriously, and for working diligently to protect mangrove forests.
[Your Name Here]
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