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Women Asked to Spearhead Environmental Conservation Campaigns

The State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu challenged the women to use their influence of numbers to practically spearhead a massive tree planting campaign in their respective areas for purposes of restoring the destroyed environment features.
Right-Left Minters; for Mirofinance Kyeyune Haruna Kasolo and General Duties in Prime Minister Office Mary Karoro Okrut, alongside Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namujju at the district Women day Celebrations

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The State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu has asked women to spearhead environmental protection campaigns to mitigate the effects of climate change in the country.

Kitutu, who was presiding over the Women’s Day celebrations for Lwengo district in Kyazanga town council on Wednesday, indicated that the country is currently facing adverse effects due the rampant environmental destruction practices, which include unreliable rainfalls and high temperatures, which should be stopped with mitigation intervention.

She challenged the women to use their influence of numbers to practically spearhead a massive tree planting campaign in their respective areas for purposes of restoring the destroyed environment features.

She, however, cautioned communities against mass plantation of Eucalyptus forests which she says will instead become more hazardous due their very high water consumption rate and soil exhaustion.

//Cue in: “bannange banna Lwengo……. 

Cue out; ……mubambe abantu.”//

Kitutu also complained about the high levels of environmental destruction in Buganda.

She is worried that Uganda may in the near future require spend huge sums of money and suspend its priorities to feed the starving communities affected by severe drought.    

//Cue in “kati n’ekirala enkuba……

Cue out; ….. yezzewo bujja.”//

Cissy Dionizia Namujju, the Lwengo District Woman Member of Parliament asked all women council leaders in the area to ensure that tree planting campaigns becomes one of the priority actions, arguing that climate changes effects affects women.

Records at the Directorate of Environment at the Minister of Water and Environment indicate that Uganda has in the last 10 years lost over 1 million hectares of forest cover yet less than 150,000 hectares were planted, creating a deficit of close to 85 percent.