CITY PARENTS School was today (19th February) host to the launch of the annual International Children’s Climate Change Conference that will be held on 9th April 2015 at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
Presidency and Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze was the chief tree planter as Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, a civil society organization that advocates for environment conservation among children in partnership with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Forestry Authority (NFA), launched the campaing to give a voice to the thoughts and views of Children on climate change.
50 symbolic fruit trees were planted as part of the Child Citizen drive of the organization that gives chance to the children to take it upon themselves the initiative of conserving the environment they live in.
Hon. Tumwebaze planted a symbolic tree and plegdged to take the campiagn to his constituency in Kamwenge in western Uganda.
“Children hold a very vital position in our society as need to be given audience so as to understand and appreciate their existence. To showcase the efforts of Ugandan Children in planting trees is the first step in showing
Dr Tom Davis Okurut, the NEMA executive director, says the event is important as it provides sustainable solutions to environment protection in future.
“It targets the young generation who are the future of Uganda’s environment conservation. We need to support it,” he said.
The conference is expected to attract 250 delegates from over 30 top primary schools and representing different nationalities . It will see children discuss and debate environmental issues . The theme for this year is ” THE CHILD CITIZEN”; FINDING OUR OWN SOLUTIONS TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green is a movement that pioneers new form of Civic responsibility and leadership in the fight against Climate Change that involves children under 13 to mitigate climate change for the good of their generation.
Now with an army of 80,000 kids from over 140 schools scattered all over Uganda, These Little Green Hands are taking on Climate Change heads on. and have now planted over 105,0oo fruit trees nationwide in just 2 years.