The Speaker of Parliament and the Patron of the Youth Go Green Organisation, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has called for the nation-wide conservation of trees.
While addressing the members of the Forum of Climate Change, today, Monday 4th July 2016, Kadaga said that the number of charcoal sacks on the road side is alarming.
“Wherever you are travelling in Uganda there are a number of bags of charcoal on the roadside meaning that trees have been cut down. The youth are the biggest number in society and need more resources; and they are therefore the major drivers in the country’s development,” she added.
The Youth Go Green Board representative Hon. Fred Mwesigye, said that the environment needs a lot of protection and that there is need to act as individuals, communities and a country as a whole, to preserve it.
“The charcoal burners are the greatest impediment we have. In order for us to deal with this vice, we need to provide them with alternative means of income to convince them to leave the trees standing and thus conserve our environment. We need to aim at smart partnerships and smart gender programmes that support the protection of environment,” he added
Hon. Mwesigye explained that Parliament had formed a Forum for Climatic Change, which will work hand in hand with partners and the Youth Go Green.
He promised to support the Ministry of Environment, to fast track the Bills and any financial obligations required.
This is part of the first annual celebrations of the National Youth Forum on Climate change that will take place on Monday 11th July at the Serena Hotel, Victoria Ball Room.
The National Youth Forum on Climate Change is part of the Youth Entrepreneurs Uganda, a registered Non -governmental Organization engaged in environmental conservation through mobilizing and engaging the youth of Uganda.