President Maithripala Sirsena requests the public to clad in white attire and plant a sapling today (15) at 11.17 am facing east to observe 'Thun Pokuru Yoga', an auspicious time which falls on today.
The President emphasizes that planting a plant shall be every citizens' responsibility to the environment.
An auspicious time known as the 'Thun Pokuru Yoga' has been included to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year this year as well.
It is everyone's responsibility to conserve life in this planet, without limiting yourself to the Thun Pokuru Yoga.
Enlightening people's minds amid a terrible drought and hot weather by planting a plant shall be considered as an important event. Over the last period is a course of events where forest layers were destroyed, and if such eagerness to conserve nature, without conditioning people by formally setting up with an auspicious time, existed before, this disaster would not have occurred in the first place.
Nevertheless, it is sorrowful to witness Environmental Minister President Maithripala Sirisena speaking of Thun Pokuru Yoga to conserve nature, while 33 forests have been endangered in accordance with the National Physical Plan.
While citizens' are fulfilling their responsibility to conserve nature by planting a plant obtaining Thun Pokuru Yoga in this New Year, the President shall keep in mind that the same citizens are against of the very fact that forest layers that have been protecting our land for millennia are being cut down for the cause of 'development'.