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Kitgum Youth Step Up Campaign To Conserve Environment

During a consultation meeting on the United Nations decade on ecosystem restoration in Kitgum District on Tuesday, the youth came out with several suggestions they deem will shape up achievement of sustainable development goal by 2030.
20 Nov 2019 12:13

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Several youths in Kitgum district have stepped up campaigns to be champions of environment protection in the region.

During a consultation meeting on the United Nations decade on ecosystem restoration in Kitgum District on Tuesday, the youth came out with several suggestions they deem will shape up achievement of sustainable development goal by 2030.

The consultation meeting organized by Uganda Youth Biodiversity Network aimed at rallying youth to deliberate on ways countries would achieve the 2014 New York declaration to restore 350 million hectares of degraded forests and agricultural land by 2030.  

Steward Opira, one of the youth during the meeting says there is need for adoption massive recycling of plastic wastes that are threats to the environment since they don’t decay.

He also notes that youth should also volunteer and acknowledge that it’s their responsibilities to protect the environment.

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Churchill Kamau Opira, a school teacher says there is need to massively sensitize the community on the negative impacts of degrading the environment.

He notes that once the community members whom majority are youth get to understand the dangers associated with swamp reclamation, tree cutting resulting into floods and drought, they will become ambassadors in conserving nature.

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  Oscar Brian Okello, an M&E Assistant at Cow Foundation proposed that youth should ensure saving water because it’s the fulcrum of development.

He also notes that youth should be innovative and divert from usage of papers and instead adopt digital technologies to save trees.

Derrick Mugisha, the National Coordinator Uganda Youth Biodiversity Network, also the Earth Day Coordinator Uganda says the consultation meeting is to empower the youth to be advocates of environmental protectors.

He says by 2030 as the World heads towards achievement of the Sustainable Goal, the young people have been left on key decision-making processes.

Mugisha says the current engagement that started in Kitgum is to help the youth share their view on what they want their environment to be in the next 10 years.

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The consultation meeting is expected to be held today at Gulu University and later at Kampala International University.

In Kitgum District, the Local Government authorities have already stepped up fights on environmental degradation especially on tree cutting for charcoal production and timber.

Recently, the district authorities auctioned 115 bags of impounded charcoal to the public in a move to curb large scale charcoal production that have seen drastic decline of forest covers in the district.

The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, declared on March 1st by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems.



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