Children have joined the fight against climate change by lending their voices to the cause at the children’s climate conference in commemoration of world earth day. About thirty schools are attending the event at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
The event which has been organized by Uganda’s little hands green in collaboration with Vivo energy, NEMA, NFA, and has been hosted by Rainbow international school had been attended by about thirty schools including Green Hill academy, Gayaza junior school, Namugongo girls’ school, Mirembe junior school, Kings way primary school, Seeta parents school, among others.
The conference which was first conceptualized after the “my kid is a superstar” festival in 2013 has grown in leaps and bounds with the first conference held last year at Gems Cambridge international school.
At today’s conference, children are presenting drama skits, poems, songs and PowerPoint presentations on saving the environment.
The most impressive presentations have so far come from Green Hill academy who led by Victor Mwesigwa, performed a very well rehearsed poem offering alternative means of using energy like recycling and use of paper bags.
Namugongo girls’ primary school emotive poem almost reduced the audience to tears as they spoke on behalf of the trees. They “trees ” asked mankind to save them.
According to Joseph Masembe, the proprietor, Uganda’s little hands go green, the conference is a fun way for the children to learnt from each other and also contribute to the struggle.
“We can teach our children in a fun and engaging way. That way they take in all the lessons we give and they then can be the green difference that our world so desperately needs” he said.
Hans Paulsen, the managing director of Vivo Energy has also pledged to the cause.
“Today, there is a pressing need to stop the deforestation that it is occurring in Uganda. Water resource, water catchments areas, agricultural productivity are all at risk of degradation because of all the on-going economic activity. We need to do our part to repair what has been broken in our environment today,” he said, adding that, “The alarm bells keep ringing and we have to answer the call. We know what we have to do to avoid more harm and therefore we must all work even harder to alleviate and even prevent, the worsening effects of climate change.