The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has commended delegates of the just concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) for contributing to environmental conservation in Uganda through tree planting.
“Last week we had several delegates from many Commonwealth countries and as part of their contribution to environmental enhancement, they planted 1630 trees. 1500 trees in Busoga region, 60 in Kampala at Gaba and 70 at the equator,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga said that this gesture by CPC delegates should awaken the country which she said is ‘sleeping’ on issues of climate change.
“Unfortunately we talk a lot but we don’t do much, for instance by December our Karamoja people will be having battle with lions over grasses, it is an annual occurrence, we know it but nothing has been done to combat it,” she said.
Kadaga was also concerned that the rampant mudslides in Manafwa and Bududa districts have not received deserving response.
“Whenever there is serious rain in Bududa and Manafwa, there are mudslides, people die, homes are buried, it is a known cycle but it keeps happening,” said Kadaga.
She made these remarks while officiating at a climate change workshop organized by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on Monday 30 September 2019 at Sheraton Hotel.
Kadaga called for greater efforts from government to combat climate change whose effect she said are evident through hunger, poverty, displacement of people and human rights violations.
She asked government to operationalize the national tree planting day and put in place tree fund as provided in the law.
“I have been asking government about the national tree planting day so that everybody in Uganda will wake up knowing that for example on Tuesday 1st of October, all of us are planting trees, but it hasn’t been done yet it is a law,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga committed Parliament’s support to climate change and welcomed delegates attending the UNFCCC workshop to a plenary session where Parliament will receive and debate on a petition by over 5000 youth in Uganda over pressing climate change issues affecting the country.
“I want to commend over 5000 youths who matched to Parliament last Friday calling for greater action on issues of climate change. Parliament is going to resume, we shall arrange that their petition is presented to the floor of Parliament, we shall invite you to hear what members of Parliament will have to say,” said Kadaga.