Some of our citizens die because they have decided to take away services that would have saved them.
By David Serumaga
Climate changes have proved to be one of the most disasters that have affect Ugandans leading to the death of some citizens, animals and crops.
Water bodies dry out, landslides occurs, bush fire happens and all these occurs due to excessive cutting of trees and forests in all parts of the country. Although deforestation is a form of earning to some people in the country, it has led the majority to regret. Landslides have been happening due to lack of trees that could have stopped soil particles from moving hence weakening the mountains and at the end making them divide into parts hence covering people’s houses, animals, and crops.
Right now districts like Nakasongola are totally dry and animals are dying due to lack of pastures and water. All this is experienced because Nakasongola is now as the most charcoal producing district in the country. Recently, some districts in the western Uganda faced a shortage of food due to drought which came as a result of deforestation. If it wasn’t government intervention to supply food in the affected districts, death would have happened in some families.
Some of our citizens die because they have decided to take away services that would have saved them. We all know that it is the green pastures that give us oxygen and the more we cut them, the more we compete for oxygen we as human beings and animals as well. Some have died because they cannot access water for drinking, not because they could not get it but because they decided to cut down trees and forests which make nimbus clouds that make rains, according to the science I studied in my primary school.
Right now, no one can stand under the tree for long to rest because the tree leaves and the steams have dried out. If you look around even the people’s skill colours are changing due to excessive heat. We no longer want to buy goods from the streets, markets, and shops which are not far away from the roads because all the products are dusty.
It is same practice that has caused the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to recall the tree fund to curb the effects of deforestation. Over the weekend, when she was in Kagadi district, Kadaga requested Minister Martia Kasaija to re-introduce the tree fund because Uganda’s green cover is going away and people plus animals are likely to suffer if deforestation is not handled immediately.
If those who cut trees knew about reforestation, where after cutting a tree, they replace a tree; a forest with a forest, our country wouldn’t have faced all these bad climatic changes. We would have been in position to plant and water our crops, feed our animals and families, avoid excessive heat we are experiencing now, the wild animals would have stayed in the forests as their comfortable homes but now we see them in the public and in most cases they kill the people. All this happens because some citizens have taken away their homes.
I warmly welcome the re-introduction of the tree fund that will facilitate the planting of trees, educating the public about the effects of deforestation and giving them other options to use in cooking like using gas but not cutting trees for charcoal.
The writer is an environmental analyst
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