Journalists under their association, the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) have partnered with Nwoya Local government and Total E&P Uganda to plant over 300 seedlings in Nwoya Town Council and Anaka Hospital as part of the event to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom day.
World Press Freedom day is celebrated annually every 3rd May and this year’s theme is ‘The Role of Media in Election and Democracy.’
Willy Chowoo, an editor with Choice FM in Gulu who headed the team told Chimp Reports that the tree planting initiative is part of the Plan to mitigate the drastic effects of Climate Change which is affecting the whole Country.
Mr. Chowoo added that, they will continue planting more trees in schools and sub-county headquarters to inculcate the culture of environmental conservation and tree planting to school going children.
Christopher Ocowun, the Public Relation Manager at Total E&P Uganda said there is need for a combine effort in combating climate change, adding that they believe that the environment should be well protected so that human beings can live amicably in the Society.
Nwoya district Chairman, Mr. Patrick Okello Oryema said that the trees will help the community in many ways when it is protected.
Mr. Oryema vowed to protect the trees until they are mature reiterating that Nwoya district has recently recruited over 600 vigilantes who are in the community to get people who are cutting down trees illegally.
Recently Northern Uganda experienced an influx of people cutting down trees illegally for charcoal.