Experts are warning that global climate change is closely linked to agriculture, the World’s major source of nutritive food. They want the world to prevent global temperature rise above two degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial level to prevent reaching a tipping point where food security can no longer be achieved with ease.
It is already evident that climate change is manifesting in agriculture sector in several ways such as extreme floods and drought. New breeds of pests and diseases have also emerged as a result of changes in environmental conditions resulting from accumulation of green house gases notably carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. To reverse this trend, the world’s major emitters of green house gases have been put to task to assist developing nations tackle adverse effects of climate change in Agriculture.
Under the mitigation and adaptation objective, developing nations are provided Climate finance to undertake several projects including afforestation and reforestation, mass city transportation, clean energy infrastructure development to mention but a few.
In Uganda, government is targeting 22 percent emission cut to achieve green growth in its national action plan to mitigate climate change. Eng. Terence Odonga, the Gulu city engineer says in Uganda everybody thinks that protecting the environment only involves protecting the wetland.
Eng. Odonga says to support climate change; farmers should use the valleys and upland meaningfully. By doing this, we can reverse environmental hazards. He says as Gulu is preparing for Green growth, Gulu city will enhance productivity by creating incentives for greater efficiency in the use of natural resources, reducing waste and energy consumption.
“We will have to sensitize Gulu community about tree planting for money as a way of fighting climate changes. We want them to embark on serious tree planting program to replace trees cut down for charcoal especially along newly constructed roads,” Eng. Odonga emphasized.
The municipality on July 9, 2016 hosted a regional marathon to promote environmental conservation in which Mr. Ojara Martin Mapenduzi took part. Code named “a marathon for greening Gulu city”, more than 5,000 tree seedlings were raised and planted in schools and other public places to encourage surrounding communities to adopt the same. A similar activity championed by charity group Irene Gleeson Foundation, with estimated 5Million tree seedlings happened in Kitgum district, some 100s Kilometers North East of Gulu Town on July 22nd.
Source : Black Star News