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The Climate Change Walk: Calling for a Unified Action

Posted on 22 September 2017    
Geoffrey Walker was joined by community members of Kakira in planting of tree seedlings at Mutai Primary School.
© Kahuma A. Walter
Climate Change is real and its impacts are already affecting livelihoods among other things in Uganda. To raise awareness on this worrisome trend, Geoffrey Walker has taken matters into his own hands and embarked on a 260 km walk from Kampala to Kapchorwa preaching the message of Climate Change and planting trees as he ensues on his journey.

On arrival at the source of the Nile he planted 20 tree seedlings with the support of the Jinja District Environmental Officers and other well-wishers.

“I have so far walked 80 kms  from Kampala to Jinja in 2 days. I feel fit with no problems whatsoever. I am doing this to create awareness on the effects of Climate Change. As I walk am also encouraging the communities and the respective leadership to protect the environment,” he says.

His Climate Change walk has garnered  a lot of interest along the way as several motorists especially in Mukono town were keenly cheering him on, providing him with refreshments and others joined him in the tree planting process.

The Jinja District Environment Department contributed 80 tree seedlings of mahogany, grevillea, prunus Africana and delonix regia. Some tree seedlings were planted at the source of the Nile, the Jinja District Headquarters while others were distributed to community members who were asked to plant in their neighborhoods.

“Jinja has been one of the districts affected by impacts of Climate Change, we have had floods and drought in most of the sub counties. What Geoffrey Walker has done is legendary and it requires a person with a dedicated mind to do such a thing. He’s reawakening us to reconsider concerns of climate change, says the Jinja District Environmental Officer, Moses Maganda.

Geoffrey Walker and his colleague also made it to Kakira and planted tree seedlings at Mutai Primary school with support from the headmaster and staff members of Kakira Sugar Ltd.

This Climate Change Walk is sponsored by  World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) whose mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Climate Change is a real issue that doesn’t know borders, we need to act now.  By planting more trees and reducing our energy needs among others, we  are safeguarding a future for generations to come.
 
Geoffrey Walker was joined by community members of Kakira in planting of tree seedlings at Mutai Primary School.
© Kahuma A. Walter Enlarge

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