Youth activists tip communities on climate justice, environmental conservation

Climate activists have rallied Ugandans to lead the fight against climate change by defending wetlands and the entire ecosystem from possible destruction.

The call was made during the second edition of Kampala Climate Cafe that took place at Fairway Hotel on February 28.

The event took place under the theme: “Uniting Youths for Climate Action” where young climate activists tabled issues about the climate crisis and how every individual is a stakeholder in the fight.

Environmentalists examined the trend at which the country is being degraded through deforestation among other issues, calling upon Ugandans to embrace the fight.

The founder Climate Justice Africa, Hamira Kobusingye said if the battle against the environmental degradation in the country is to be won, everyone should embrace the fight for climate justice.

“We need to make sure that human rights are not being abused. We need to make sure that people are being taken care of. We need to stand up together and fight this crisis together,”she said.

She advised Ugandans to demand for their rights, adding that climate education should be given more focus because climate change is a global crisis that needs urgent attention.

Crispus Mwemaho (middle) with other youth activists

“Our goal as climate activists is to achieve climate justice, this is especially more important for us in the global south because we are on the frontlines of climate change,” said Kobusingye.

The founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kampala Climate Café Crispus Mwemaho noted that getting on the ground and seeing the effects of climate change on people is one way to inspire broader climate action.

“Let us use our cameras and document these stories. We Climate activists are always labelled ‘radical’ which we are not. The effects of climate change are however radical and that is why we do what we do with a lot of passion,” he said.

He said they are ready to take the next engagement on the climate issues to other areas apart from the cities, a move he believes will help to expand the discussions and the getting the feedback from the locals.

“We want to bring our cafe to places like Kasese and others that are severely impacted by climate change. We are thinking about it, and we are looking for partners to help us realise our dream,” said Mwemaho.

Richard Magamba , a climate activist called upon faith based organisations such as churches, mosques to embrace the fight against environmental degradation saying that their effort in championing the cause is not yet felt nationally.

“When you read Genesis, God created this universe and said, ‘Go and have dominion. You cannot talk about climate change and not talk about the church in the fight against climate change,” he said.