VP preaches about Climate Change in Masaka

Monday April 14th 2014

The Vice President Edward KiwanukaSsekandi has called for joint efforts between Government, NGOs and religious institutions across the country in the fight against effects of climate change.

Speaking at Kitovu Catholic Church in Masaka Municipality where he joined hundreds of believers during celebrations marking Palm Sunday yesterday, Ssekandi said that the massive destruction of the forest cover for agricultural land and charcoal burning has made the country susceptible to risks of climatic change

At the function that also coincided with the 5th Caritas week in Uganda,Ssekandi called upon the church to support Government campaign of planting more trees to avert some of the effects of climate change.

The Vice President called on all Ugandans to join in the campaign to restore the country’s natural cover saying if left un addressed will subject the next generation to far reaching consequences.

The Vice President commended caritas for their efforts in fighting poverty and hunger among households in Uganda saying the Government of Uganda will continue working with the NGO in improving people’s lives.

Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala diocese appealed to Ugandan to take good care of the earth as instructed by God and
also appealed for partnership with the Government in carrying out extension and outreach services to eliminating poverty, disease and hunger among Ugandans.

Masaka Diocese, Bishop john Baptist Kaggwa who had earlier led a Palm Sunday Mass also raised his concern over the growing destruction of the forest cover for pineapples growing and charcoal burning in Masaka.

He warned that Uganda is headed for devastating times when there will be no rains due to the disappearing forest cover and pollution over the country’s fresh water bodies.

The service was attended by several members of the clergy and Masaka District LC5 Chairperson Joseph Kalungi among others.

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