As the country continues to grapple with the effects of climate change such as floods and the rise in the water levels of different water bodies, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Uganda has called for a change in human behavior and adoption of lifestyles that are friendly to the environment.
The conservation organization made the call during the launch of 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 protection of the planet.
In the recent past, Uganda like many other countries has witnessed massive nature loss characterized by deforestation, degradation of wetlands, species extinction due to poaching and destruction of habitats, adverse effects of climate change such as flooding and prolonged dry spells among others.
WWF Uganda Head, David Duli proposed new behaviors such as riding bicycles as opposed to driving cars, acquiring water bottles to reduce plastic pollution and total prohibition of use of plastic bags also known as kaveera.
Duli said that the Voice for the Planet platform 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,” Duli said.
He added that the Voice for the Planet will create a visual demonstration of the national and global demand and commitment to actions that will save the country and the planet as a whole.
Rita Kyategeka, a conservationist noted that there is need for transition to 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, she suggested.