By Our reporter
Following the increasing negative effects of climate change in Kigezi region, Milton Kwesiga, the executice director of Africa Disaster Reduction Research Emergency Mission (ADRREM) has embarked on a move to promote environmental conservation in the region.
The move which will see the environmental protection NON Governmental Organisation encouraging the planting of trees in schools prone to heavy rains and floods.
Kwesiga on Thursday launched the campaign in Rubanda district at Nyamweru Secondary School and Kyokyezo Primary School both in Nyamweru Sub-County where he donated over 40 trees to the schools to encourage tree planting.
According to Kwesiga, approaching the climate change challenge using the youth and children will see a long lasting solution to the problem.
“There is a great need for our children to be raised in a sense of environmental protection because with this approach we can be able to solve the existing climate change challenges,” said Kwesiga.
Kwesiga further urged farmers in the region to adopt smart agricultural practices that will ensure better and improved climatic conditions.
“We need our farmers to start observing the traditional practices of contours, terraces and proper drainage,” he added.
Enock Garosya, the Nyamweru Secondary School PTA Chairperson hailed the move saying that it will encourage locals in environmental conservation.
“In this area, we were getting so used to climate change challenges. Apparently we are glad that people have started responding to our needs. I am sure that If such strategies continue we shall bid farewell to effects of floods in this area,” he said.
Medard Turanyomwe, the Nyamweru S.S Head Teacher asked learners to be good change agents and to spread the message of environmental conservation to their communities.
“We would like our Children to be positive change agents and they help their parents in adopting better methods of farming and environmental protection. It is clear that most garden work is done by children not parents so if they are well prepared, it can help in combating climate change effects,” said Turanyomwe.
In September, 2017, Heavy rains hit Rubanda district and a total of 17 people died in the tragedy while several houses and gardens were swept away.