As climate change continues to pose a big threat to industrialised countries, there are several on-going interventions to ensure that the challenge is overcome.
So, as part of the remedial action, in 2014 Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union initiated the Climate Diplomacy Day, to draw attention to the negative impacts of global warming on food security, the availability of drinking water, public health and geopolitical insecurity.
Not to be left out, on Wednesday, June 17 Uganda will join the commemoration by holding a ‘discussion’ featuring prominent personalities including the Minister of Water and Environment Professor Ephraim Kamuntu,.
Other panellists at the function at Protea Hotel in Kampala’s leafy Kololo suburb include the Director of Budget in the Ministry of Finance Patrick Ocailap, Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA); Martin Owor, the Commissioner Disaster Preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister; David Duli, the Country Director World Wide Fund (WWF) and Kenneth Katungisa from the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFF).
The other activity is an exhibition to be held at the National Theatre Gardens, featuring musical performances by Bebe Cool and Navio.
According to a release, this year’s activities specially focus on informed debates, ‘in view of securing a fair, ambitious and legally binding international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21)’.
Meanwhile, as Uganda joins in the commemoration, some efforts have been geared up to stem the ravaging climate change effects, with the National Environment Authority, (NEMA) recently banning the use of polythene bags (kaveera) of less than 30 microns.
However, the destruction of wetlands in and around Kampala has remained a huge challenge, with real estate developers devastating the ecosystem through erratic environment-degrading activities.