Vice President Maj. Jessica Alupo has rallied Ugandans to prioritize tree planting in an effort to deal with erratic climate change.
With floods oftentimes affecting some areas while others are hit by severe drought, Alupo attributes this to changing weather patterns that are as a result of man’s activities against the environment.
As such, the vice to Gen. Yoweri Museveni, has diagnosed and prescribed planting of trees as the right medicine to check the issue of climate change!
“Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh drinking water, help curb climate change, and create homes for thousands of species of plants and animals,” Alupo said.
When the season is hot, her home sub-region Teso is normally one of the most affected by long droughts, creating hunger and sometimes resulting into loss of human and animal lives.
The VP now thinks planting a billion trees can help save the Earth from climate change, help in rain formation and also prevent biodiversity loss.
“It is possible, if we each play our part and start now”, she said as she presided over a fundraising for the construction of St. Peter’s Church-Olio in Serere district.
Alupo rallied the congregation to plant trees in their farms, along roads and everywhere else including at home, adding that the trees act as wind breakers and control erosion.
“Personally, I am a farmer. I also keep animals. To us farmers, trees are of great importance. They provide shade and shelter for livestock, and encouraging pollinators. So, let’s plant trees wherever we can put them” she said.
Alupo who’s also the woman MP for Katakwi district, was mindful of the fact that many people are using biomass energy for cooking but said government through the energy sector has put in place alternative innovations for cooking without using firewood. She said such efforts are aimed at reducing pressure on the country’s forests.
The ceremony also saw christians mark the World Mission Sunday and Parish Day presided over by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliach, the bishop of Soroti Catholic Diocese.
Alupo used the occasion to further market the Parish Development Model (PDM), which is a government strategy for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment at the parish level, the lowest economic planning unit.
“This will ensure support for more Ugandans to increase their demand for goods and services. It is an opportunity you must not miss,” she added.
Alupo urged the clergy to always encourage parents to raise children in the best way possible to make them better citizens, adding that government is committed to furthering its policy of establishing a government secondary school in every sub-county and a Universal Primary Education school in every Parish.
She urged parents to utilize these opportunities, adding that it’s criminal for anyone to keep school age going children at home under the pretext of lack of school fees.
At the fundraising, a total of Sh70m was contributed in cash and pledges towards the construction and equipping of St. Peter’s church-Olio.
Meanwhile, Bishop Oliach, advised Christians to continue working hard to combat the poverty levels in their households and also to participate in government development programs.
The Bishop also urged the congregation to promote the education of the girl and boy children to achieve full social and economic transformation.