The Queen of Buganda (Nabagereka), Sylvia Naginda has highlighted the need to embrace good cultural practices in a bid to preserve and conserve the environment.
The queen made the call while presiding over the Women and Conservation breakfast meeting in Kampala organized by the Jane Goodall Institution, which aims at conservation and protection of Chimpanzees and their forest habitats.
The queen said the key players need to explore the role that culture plays in environmental awareness as well as ensuring development of society.
She gave the example of the Buganda culture that uses totems as a way of preserving the different animals, birds and plants.
“In Buganda for example, it is a taboo to kill or eat one’s totem. This is a useful tool in preservation of the environment,” Nabagereka said.
On the same note, Nabagereka appreciated Dr. Jane Goodall for her tremendous contribution in the preservation of the environment, and sacrificing her all for the welfare of Chimpanzees in the world.
“Dr. Jane Goodall is an example of passion and determination and I must say she is a great scholar, wife, mother and friend of many who carries a great inspiration,” Naginda said.
She said that Jane is an inspiration to the different women that are at the fore front of preserving and conserving the environment who should be equipped with knowledge of how best they can do it more.
“We can’t take away the role that women play in environmental conservation given that even when most don’t own land, they are the primary players when it comes to Agriculture, tree planting among others,”
She added that, “In many of our homes, be it in the city or country side, women are actively involved in conservations efforts even without knowing it.”
At the same function, a total of 30 women were awarded certificates by the Primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall.
These women were appreciated for the roles they have played in conservation of the environment, wildlife, values, gender and culture values.
These included; The Executive Director, UNRA, Allen Kagina, Kitgum Woman MP, Beatrice Anywar, Akina Maama Wafrika’s Eunice Musiime, Maggie Kigozi, Catherine Byaruhanga, Joan Kantu, Donna Kusemererwa, Rhoda Kalema, Dr. Diana Nsubuga, Romina Wolke among others.