Conservationists have called for a behavioral change if Uganda is to achieve nature recovery that has been devastated as a result of deforestation.
WWF Uganda, a conservation organization has launched the Voice for the Planet, a global online action calling on world leaders to agree on a New Deal for Nature and People in 2020 to halt and reverse humanity’s impact on nature and protect our planet.
“We must start by changing our behavior and adopt life styles that are friendly to the environment for us to put our environment on a recovery path”, WWF Uganda Head David Duli said. Duli has asked Ugandans to adopt new behaviors such as riding bicycles as opposed to driving cars, acquiring water bottles to reduce plastic pollution and totally refusing to use plastic bags also known as Kaveera.
In the recent past, Uganda like many other countries has witnessed massive nature loss characterized by deforestation, degradation of wetlands, species extinction due to pouching and destruction of habitats, adverse effects of climate change such as flooding and prolonged dry spells among others.
According to WWF's Fundraising partnerships and communications manager Rita Kyategeka, nature recovery is achievable through sustainable practices of food production, agriculture, fishing, Forestry, infrastructure and Forestry.
“This is the only way we can guarantee clean water and food for all Ugandans, stability of our climate, diversity of life to guarantee our tourism industry and a good quality of life for all Ugandans,” Kyategeka said.
Mariam Nkalubo Mayanja Nasejje, the Minister of Lands and Bulungi Bwansi in Buganda Kingdom has also expressed worries considering the rate at which water bodies are being contaminated.
“River Nile alone carries 84792 tons of plastic into the oceans. This places it among the 10 rivers around the world that carry more than 90% of the plastic waste that ends up in the oceans,” Nkalubo said adding that the pollution in other lakes and Rivers in Buganda and around the world is also high.
According to Daniel Ndizihiwe, a project manager at WWF, nature can easily be conserved by joining our hands together and dropping the old practices of destroying our home. Adding that, WWF with funding from Hempel foundation has partnered with the local government and the private sector to conserve the nature around Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
“We are working with Kasese local government and private sector to restore the buffers of Rwenzori Mountains National Park…What is important is everyone’s contribution towards nature conservation and ending the notorious biodiversity loss,” he said.
WWF is now suggesting that this continued unsustainable production and consumption of nature’s resources must be reduced by a half.
A head of the World Environment Day commemoration, WWF is now suggesting that this continued unsustainable production and consumption of nature’s resources must be reduced by a half.
The Voice for the Planet platform therefore allows people to add their name by signing a petition as well as pledging to make a lifestyle change. Political, business, religious and cultural leaders as well as individuals are invited to sign up and commit to tackling the loss of nature before the damage to our country is irreparable. The Voice for the Planet will create a visual demonstration of the national and global demand and commitment to actions that will save our country and the planet as a whole.