The State Minister for Environment, Mary Kitutu has decried the poor environment conservation habits of most Ugandans which she says will lead to a climate change catastrophe.
According to her, most Ugandans love to depend on the environment but do not want to invest in it, hence the recent unstable climate changes that Uganda and the rest of the world are experiencing.
“Most Ugandans have never planted a tree, but almost every one of them has cut trees for firewood, charcoal burning, housing and many other economic activities. If this trend continues, it means that in the near future, we will not have any trees left and of course everyone will be affected,” Kitutu said.
She added: “It is very disheartening to see how disinterested most people are in conserving the environment. It’s the same environment that will guarantee our children’s survival in future. If we do not preserve it now by planting trees and reserving the swamps, there is going to be a problem in future.”
The Minister was speaking at the review summit for the environmental management for oil sector activity which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.
The meeting was convened to appreciate as well as recognize the efforts of USAID and its partners in ensuring Uganda is prepared to manage and mitigate the impacts of petroleum development on the environment and biodiversity.
Katutu also appealed to USAID and other donors to continue supporting environmental conservation causes because they are crucial in economic development of this nation.
“We are very grateful for the support you have given to environmental and wildlife conservation organizations like NEMA and UWA. We are appealing to you to continue supporting us because environment affects agriculture and tourism which are among the crucial areas for development in Uganda.”
She also asked Ugandans to change their attitude towards planting trees if they want to have a bright future for themselves and their children.
“In our entire tree planting campaigns, I have seen only children coming out to plant the trees. The adults who are the most dependents do not want to plant trees and yet they continue to ask for licenses to cut trees. Where will you cut the trees from if you are not planting them now?” she wondered.