Buganda minister has encouraged the youth to take part in environmental conservation
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Buganda minister asks youth to participate in environmental conservation

Buganda Kingdom state Minister for Tourism Ritah Namyalo Kisitu has asked the youth especially those in higher Institutions of learning to join government and other conservation agencies to promote environmental conservation in the country.

She said that the country’s environment is being degraded at high rate, something that calls for everyone’s intervention because the country’s key sectors such Agriculture, Tourism, Energy among others depend on nature.

“The youth especially in universities and other higher institutions should join government in promoting  the  conservation of nature through sensitizing  the public about the dangers of environmental degradation or coming up with innovations that  can mitigate  the negative Impacts associated with Environmental degradation such as climate change,” she said.

The minister made the remarks at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Entebbe during the International Day of Peace, an event which was organized by the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda office. The Minister observed that peace cannot prevail in country where there is environmental destruction.

Jane Goodall Institute is an International Organization working in Uganda to help conserve and protect the Wild Chimpazee population and to promote the conservation of the natural environment.

Roots and Shoots clubs

Speaking at the same event,  the Jane Goodalls Institute  Environment Education and Roots & Shoots officer  Apophia  Jemima Arikiriza  said the Institute  is partnering with  primary, secondary schools and higher institutions of learning to ensure  that  pupils and students embrace conservation of nature through its  environmental education  programme.

“As an Organization, we have established over 149 Roots and Shoots clubs in primary, secondary schools across the country where we operate and we are also working with Nkumba University.

“This programme has empowered the students through these clubs with nature conservation information. To ensure that the whole country is covered, the institute plans to open more clubs in other districts to educate the younger generation about the importance of nature conservation,” she said.

The objective of the programme  is to ensure that every child leaves  primary  school  with  good basic  understanding  of the nature so that  they are able to  make informed decision concerning the environment.

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO