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.
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.
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.