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Activist conquers 320kms for climate change

By Gerald Tenywa, Agnes Nantambi

Added 2nd October 2017 02:38 PM

Geoffrey Ayeni's move aims to create awareness about climate change and inspire people to take action through tree planting.

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Geoffrey Ayeni's move aims to create awareness about climate change and inspire people to take action through tree planting.

PIC: Ayeni walking for climate change. (Credit: Gerald Tenywa)

CLIMATE CHANGE | CHARITY WALK


Cheers and ululations filled the air in Kapchorwa Municipality when charity walker Geoffrey Ayeni conquered an expedition for climate change, covering 320 kilometres from Kampala to Kapchorwa.

Environment minister Sam Cheptoris received Ayeni at the end of his expedition.

Uganda Walkers’ Association also accompanied Ayeni from Sipi, located 13 kilometres away from Kapchorwa.

Cheptoris said Ayeni will be honoured with a dinner in Kampala and that the walk for climate change should become an annual event.

Cheptoris said tree planting in ecologically fragile areas like Kapchorwa should be taken seriously.

David Duli, the Country director of World Wide fund for nature Uganda, said they came out to support Ayeni because it was a big step towards providing solutions to climate change, which is global problem.

 



He said WWF would create a partnership with the Uganda Walker’s Association to address climate change.

Ayeni is a charity walker. His latest was to create awareness about climate change and inspire people to take action through tree planting.

As he walked, Ayeni planted trees at district headquarters and iconic places, such as Mabira Forest Reserve and the source of the Nile.

In addition to WWF, Ayeni also got support from the National Forestry Authority, who provided him with seedlings and the Ministry of Water and Environment.

Ayeni was also supported by Benedict Medical Centre, which provided an ambulance and a medical team.

Goretti Kitutu Kimono, the State Minister for environment, flagged off Ayeni and his team at the environment ministry in Luzira, Kampala on September 18.

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