TALKING ENVIRONMENT: EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Case Scenario: Uganda.
Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time i.e. decades to millions of years. Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic process, variation in solar radiations received by the earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions….source Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Uganda is a low developed country of about 40 million people and 75% of those are employed in agriculture for both subsistence and commercial farming and do depend on the two seasons i.e. dry and wet weather patterns alternating throughout the year. Due to population increases of about 2% per annum and the need for settlement, the country has lost a lot of its natural forests and land cover and its estimated that about 500,000 hectares of forests are destroyed each year for charcoal and timber business not forgetting that people in the villages use firewood as the cheapest fuel for cooking. This coupled with the air toxins which are released to the atmosphere especially pollutants’ from fossil fuels has affected the poor, undernourished, very young and very old populations causing several chronic illness especially around major towns.
The destruction of forests has led to a shift in the statistical distribution of rainfall to several parts of the country and some places are becoming hot and hotter compared to fifteen years ago and this is beginning to affect farmers’ yields and farming schedules.
What could be done to avert the situation to change people’s minds to start looking and appreciating how the environment/surroundings can save their lives and future generations to come?
Am thinking about all this and very soon I will be launching my campaign/organization to serious work/cooperate with government structures to shape the destiny of our environment.
I will therefore need your support in any way or form for this noble cause.
Thank you all,