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A message from Sir Arthur C. Clarke
by SLWCS
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A world which contained only human beings would not be worth living in; nor would it be habitable for long. This is a lesson that our urban centered, technologically oriented culture is painfully relearning, though our ancestors knew it well enough.

Twenty-five centuries ago, a holy man told the King of Ceylon:
"O Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of the island as thou. The land belongs to the people and all other beings; thou art only the guardian of it." Acting on these words, King Devanampiyatissa established what is believed to be the world's first wildlife sanctuary. Since then, the Sri Lankan people have co-existed peacefully with Nature and other beings - until the pressures of population and civilization started changing this situation in this century.

It is impossible to return to the past, but science and technology offer us the means of rationally managing our natural environment. The application of modern conservation methods and approaches, suitably adapted to local culture and circumstances is the need of the hour. I hope the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society will be able to support the many efforts already underway, and to launch new initiatives for this purpose.

Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, CBE
Chancellor, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Chancellor, International Space University

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