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.
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.