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Mbarara youth told to champion climate change

By Abdulkarim Ssengendo

Added 5th May 2016 11:26 AM

Musingwire explained to the youth that climate change increases extreme weather, such as changes to seasonal rainfall, droughts and floods that will impact their crops

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Some of the youth who attended a training on climate change in Mbarara on Tuesday photo by Abdulkarim Ssengendo

Musingwire explained to the youth that climate change increases extreme weather, such as changes to seasonal rainfall, droughts and floods that will impact their crops

Youth in Mbarara in Mbarara Municipality-Mbarara district have been asked to engage their local leaders to champion environment conservation.

The call was made by western region NEMA focal person, Jeconious Musingwire who said much emphasis should be put on tree planting which he said is a major intervention to climate change

Musingwire made the appeal on Tuesday while closing one day training on climate change for the youth organized by Uganda Youth Society for Human Rights under the theme “we are the change climate change must change.”

Musingwire explained to the youth that climate change increases extreme weather, such as changes to seasonal rainfall, droughts and floods that will impact their crops.

 adam ussein iiza programs officer ganda outh ociety for uman ights addressing youth who attended a training on climate change in barara on uesday   photo by bdulkarim sengendo Sadam Hussein Kiiza, programs officer Uganda Youth Society for Human Rights addressing youth who attended a training on climate change in Mbarara on Tuesday photo by Abdulkarim Ssengendo

 

The warming brought about by climate change, he said, increases ocean & lake temperatures, which causes some fish to move to cooler waters beyond their normal range.

Sadam Hussein Kiiza, programs officer Uganda Youth Society for Human Rights, also said that climate change has a huge impact on our health and reported it has already led to increased drug resistance and spread of diseases in areas like Kigezi region

He noted that 75% of all hospital admissions are due to diseases associated to effects of climate change. He was worried that rain fed agriculture will reduce by 50% due to effects of climate change if no intervention takes place.

 ome of the youth who attended a training on climate change in barara on uesday   photo by bdulkarim sengendo Some of the youth who attended a training on climate change in Mbarara on Tuesday photo by Abdulkarim Ssengendo

 

Meanwhile, Musingwire reported that in mbarara natural resources department is underfunded and therefore they have no committees on the local level to steer up tree planting and wetland management.

He challenged institutions to equip students with knowledge and skills for the students to go and transfer those skills for practice work on their farmland.

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