Ugandans Tipped On Saving Mother Nature

decease geneva; font-size: small;”>A UN report confirms that from 1981-2005, more about the global economy doubled, but 60 percent of the world’s ecological systems were either degraded or over used.

Some of the areas that were degraded are those around mountains like Elgon which are prune to landslides because of their destruction of the ecological systems that used to shelter the landscape.

In an exclusive interview, Gloria Namazzi, a senior consultant on environment, said “People should start turning wastes (both animal and manure) into wealth, stop cutting down trees for fire wood, reduce carbon emissions by walking on foot in case the destination is near instead of using a car and also avoid poor disposal of garbage that at times has polythene bags.”

She has also called upon fishermen on water bodies in Uganda to avoid using the poor methods of fishing which have led to a reduction of Nile perch in the lakes.

The environment has been destroyed in many aspects through pollution, use of under sized nets to fish, poor garbage disposal, poor methods of farming among others.

A world wide report released on nature states that the world is using resources equivalent to one and a half planets, meaning that the human population is living beyond its means.

Whatever the world produces in 18 days, we consume it in 12 days which means that we are eating into our natural capital.

On World Environment Day 2013, Mr Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General said, “One way to narrow the hunger gap and improve the well-being of the most vulnerable is to address the massive loss and waste inherent in today’s food systems.”

Food loss and waste is something that needs to be addressed.

Ban urged all actors in the global food chain to take responsibility for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable food systems.

“The current global population of seven billion is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050. But the number of hungry people need not increase. By reducing food waste, we can save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and, most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat,” he said.


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