By Stephen Wandera
WAKISO, UGANDA, A prominent environmentalist has told government to priorities conversation at village levels as a measure to preserve the country for the future generations. According to Ms Hilda Mukisa, the director, Camp Besania, government has put emphasis on corporate institutions but the biggest damage to the environment is done by locals.
“Focus is on Mabira and Budongo forests but people at village level have been ignored. We need a deliberate campaign not to cut trees and instead plant more,” he said.
Another threat to our environment are real estate firms that just clear the entire vegetation as they open land boundaries for sub titling to sell, Ms Mukisa told Uganda Vanguard during a child camp that has attracted 25 kids and youth Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
She added, “Companies in real estate business must not be allowed to destroy the environment. They should be subjected to environment impact assessments before opening boundaries.”
Ms Berita Alleli, the Camp Manager said it is aimed at training children entrepreneurial skills in Christian manner.
“We focus on entrepreneurship and Christianity. How young ones can be tough and an early stage to make money from the environmentally friendly activities like planting flowers, seedlings, bee keeping and sell of firewood among others,” she said.
Ms Alleli said the camp on an eight acres piece of land off Kiwenda, Gayaza Zirowe road is setting up a football grounds for soccer and public gathering.