The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, also Patron of the Youth Go Green organization, has advocated for increased inclusion of youth and listening to their voices when planning, implementing and negotiating climate change issues.
While opening the First Annual Youth Forum workshop on climate change on Monday, 11th July 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, she said that there was an urgent need to cope with the issues of climate change.
“You have been told that 78 percent of this nation is young and depends on the 22 percent who are old. We appreciate issues of climate change and their effect to Uganda and these have a big impact on Uganda’s environment, natural resources and the population,” she said.
She said in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, youth have to be at the forefront, and government needs to build their capacity and awareness of climate change issues.
Children, represented by Bonita Arinaitwe, a Primary Six student of Aga Khan, urged the government to increase resources to child friendly and climate change initiatives so as to reverse the effects of climate change.
“We the children suffer the most when the effects of climate change occur. The effects caused by landslides in Bududa, the floods in Kasese, have hindered children from going to school hence increasing the number of drop outs. The scary pictures of starving children, empty classrooms must all be addressed, she said.