OPINION: Conserving the Environment is a Responsibility of all Ugandans

Stephen Asiimwe speaking to ChimpReports in November 2016

By: Stephen Asiimwe

On 5th –June 2017, viagra approved we celebrated the World Environmental Day in Uganda.

The national celebration took place in Ibanda and the chief guest was H.E the President who warned people not to destroy wet lands and advised them on the importance of conserving the environment.

This year’s theme for World Environmental Day was “connecting people to nature, prostate ” unfortunately, illness a good number of them are destroying it.

A good example is River Rwizi in Mbarara, River Mpanga in Kabarole and other areas where people have encroached on the banks of the rivers leading to pollution.

Around the world today we are being called upon to get out doors and into nature to appreciate its beauty and its importance and take forward the call to protect the earth we share.

As Roosevelt said, “Here is your country cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as sacred heritage for your children and children’s children, do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches and its romance”.

The world environmental day is observed worldwide to promote awareness on the importance of sustainable management of our environment and its resources with a view to ensuring balanced and equitable use of such resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

The day was used to highlight environmental issues of concern to the world and extension; having specific impact on farmers, the current drought crops drying in gardens, animals failing to get sufficient water are terribly affecting the economy.

Research shows that changes in climate will affect infrastructure throughout the major stages of the energy supply chain, increasing the risk of disruption.

This means that critical infrastructure such as energy and water are exposed.

Therefore, climate change is unique in its global scale; it affects every element of life on this planet from ecosystem and food production to cities and industrial supply chains.

The recent withdraw by American President on the 2015 Paris climate agreement was a great mistake that should be regrettable with droughts already destroying farms in California’s central valley, the rising sea levels already flooding coastal cities, the storms and wild routinely ravaging vast swatches of the American country side.

This also undermines the sustainable millennium development goals 13, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts,14 conserve and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, and 15 protect and  restore the use of forests and combat desertification.

Today millions of people, the majority of whom are in Africa, are facing environmental issues that adversely affect their lives.

In light of this, our request to the Ministry and agencies in charge of the environment is to devise stringent measures to tackle this matter head on, otherwise individuals or groups have been warned but they remain adamant, we need to mobilize our communities to plant trees or clean up environment, we shall be acting in tandem with Article 245 of the Constitution that provides to protect and preserve the environment from abuse, pollution and degradation.

As individuals and communities we have a duty to protect the environment and ensure ecologically sustainable development and prudent use of natural resources.

As Edmund Burke said, all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Let us do something to protect our environment.

The author is a Pan Africanist and the RDC Kabarole District


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