About WWF Uganda
The success of WWF’s conservation hinges on partnerships at the regional, national and local levels with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and committed individuals working to avert further degradation of critical biomass (namely; forests, freshwaters, oceans and coasts and acacia savannas) endangered species and increasing global issues of toxic chemicals pollution, energy and climate change.
WWF Uganda Country Office
WWF has been involved in active conservation work in eastern and southern Africa since 1962, beginning with the purchase of land in Nakuru (Kenya) to allow for the establishment of an enlarged park to help support the conservation of the flamingos of Lake Nakuru
The first black rhino sanctuary in Kenya was set up in Lake Nakuru National Park at the height of rhino poaching in Kenya (1970s to 1980s).
Eastern and Southern Africa contains some of the world’s most unique and spectacular bio-diversity. It is home to critical places (Coastal East Africa, Africa Rift Lakes, Miombo and the Namib-Karoo) and key flagship species (Great Apes, African Elephant, African Rhinos and Marine Turtles).
Earth Hour Uganda
2. "Make the Switch": Every year Uganda looses over 20,000 people to in house air pollution that is mainly caused by the use of the weck lamp. We are targeting over 10,000 new users to adopt renewable energy technologies as part of their commitment towards Earth Hour 2013. Through this campaign, we would like to see families, friends, colleagues and local communities adopting either solar lamps or energy efficient cook-stoves. For Earth Hour 2013, the suppliers of clean energy technologies have partnered with WWF to offer discounts of up to 25% on some of their products.
3. Clean Energy Road shows: In a bid to reach the low income earners and ordinary Ugandans, we intend to conduct community drive through activities where key Earth Hour messages on renewable energy are passed on through an entertaining but informative medium. A truck loaded with loud music, "King and Queen" dancers will go through the five divisions of Kampala, blasting the audiences with music and nuggets of why they should look after the environment. Each drive, in a given division will climax in a mini-exhibition where the proposed technologies will be displayed. The gathered audiences will be encouraged to buy the disccounted technologies, as they get entertained. These commitments will also feed into the "Make the Switch" targets.
4. Green School Challenge: This campaign is aimed at involving school going youth in activities that are informative but also participatory and themed on conservation. We target over 5,000 students actively participating in a number of activities. These will include; article writing competitions, tree planting, an environmental quiz, an art exhibitions and the like. There will also be institutional competitions where the School with the best policies and frameworks on renewable energy will be recognized and rewarded. The policies and frameworks being examined will include; whether the school has installed energy efficient stoves, has set up Environment Clubs, has tree planting policies and the like. The Best School will be profiled in the media and offered other rewards from our corporate/potential partners.
5. Grand Finale:
This will take place on 23rd March, 2013, Earth Hour day. This will be the Climax of all Earth Hour 2013 activities. It will be a public event where all Ugandans will be invited to attend. The event will take the whole day, starting with an Energy Exhibition where producers of renewable energy products will display their products. The schools that will have participated in the Green School Challenge will face off in an Inter-schools’ contest. There will be bouncing castles for the kids during the day. And in the evening, there will be a mega music concert bringing together some of Uganda’s finest Music artists. The Grand Finale will basically be a fun-fare for all those that will attend.
At 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm, we will have the symbolic switching off of lights; an action that represents Earth Hour internationally.
Earth Hour is about People. So let’s UNITE to PROTECT the environment.
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