The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has called upon Legislators to demand Government establish a national tree planting day.
The Speaker made these remarks while addressing the Parliamentary Forum for Climate Change. The forum had met to discuss issues pertaining to gender, food security and climate change.
“If we are to deal with issues of climate change, then we must start with having a national tree planting day for Uganda so that people can be encouraged to grow more trees,” Kadaga said.
Bugabula County South MP, Henry Kibalya said that majority of the trees were being felled by men and not women, a trend he noted was dangerous for the environment.
“Deforestation is done by men yet women in rural areas cannot do anything to stop this habit. And yet when there is no food, it is the women who are burdened with families to feed,” he said.
Kitgum municipality MP Beatrice Anywar said that women had to be empowered in order to be agents of change, noting that the environment was for everybody and not just women.
“Let us use bio-technology to adapt to climate change since it has become a very serious issue for the entire population,” Anywar said.
Sanjay Mutabazi, the Commissioner of Infrastructure, Mechanization and Water Production from the Ministry of Agriculture urged the MPs to use their platform as legislators to ensure that resources were appropriated to climate change issues.
“You have a platform as MPs to ensure that you create increased awareness on issues of climate change,” the Commissioner said.
Parliament has in the past been lauded for championing gender sensitive budgeting because it avails women parliamentarians the opportunity to bring to the platform issues affecting women.
The Forum Chairperson Laurence Sonde said that issues of climate change were critical for the nation’s development and that Parliament would continue coming up with laws to support it.