Tororo Archdiocese is the latest addition to organizations that are backing the Running Out of Trees (ROOTs) campaign.
The campaign, which is being spearheaded by the private sector led by Uganda Breweries Limited and the Ministry of Water and Environment, aimed at planting millions of trees under the National Greening Campaign that was officially launched in 2020.
In Mbale, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Alfred Okidi led the planting exercise at the Archdiocese.
Through roots, the partners are also raising awareness about the adverse impact of tree cutting activities on our environment.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an app named ROOTs App was created to make it easy for the public to take part in the campaign by buying a tree seedling at Shs1500 to ensure that a tree is planted on their behalf.
“As the catholic church we are happy to take part in such a great cause because as Christians, God expects us to take care of the environment and one way of doing it is by restoring what has been destroyed,’’ the Vicar General Tororo Archdiocese Rev. Fr. Chrsitopher Emuseet said.
In the last decade, Uganda has carried out several Policies, Legal and Institutional Reforms aimed at promoting the conservation and sustainable use of the country’s forest resources.
Among the key reforms include putting in place of the National Forestry Policy 2001 and the enactment of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003.
Despite these interventions, the country continues to lose forest cover at a very alarming rate due to deforestation According to Okidi, the Ministry is ready to welcome more partners in the tree planting exercise.