Monday June 2 2014

200 children to attend climate change meeting

By Martin Ssebuyira


More than 200 child delegates from over 35 countries have confirmed attending the International Climate Change Conference for Children organised by National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

Nema is organising the meeting in conjunction with Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, a civil society organisation that advocates for environment conservation among children.

The event to be held on July 8, at Gems Cambridge International School Kampala, which will be broadcast live, seeks to chat a way forward in the fight against climate change.

“Climate Change is real. Many environment bodies have held climate change conferences and workshops but this is special in a way that it will give a voice to thoughts and views of children on climate change and bring environmental conservation education to the forefront of this war,” Mr Joseph Masembe, the executive director Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, said.

He said they want to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in children and showcase the efforts of Ugandan children in planting trees as the first step towards environmental ownership.

Dr Tom Davis Okurut, the Nema executive director, said 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 event, expected to attract more than 20 schools from will see children discuss and debate environmental issues with each representative school given time to present its thoughts on the theme of the conference.
President Museveni is expected to be the guest of honour.