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Children To Discuss Environmental And Climate Literacy At Conference

Joseph Masembe on stage with children during one of the previous conferences COURTESY PHOTOS Joseph Masembe on stage with children during one of the previous conferences

Uganda Little Hands go Green and My Kid is a Superstar together with partners are organized the 4th International Children’s Climate Change Conference. This year, the annual one day conference will be hosted by Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

Organisers of conference say they are expecting to bring together 300 child delegates from over 40 schools, different nationalities and backgrounds and representing different countries across the globe. The theme of the conference which aims at encouraging children to preserve the environment will run under the theme ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’.

Minister Frank Tumwebaze helps pupils plant a tree to launch activities of the conference in 2015

The conference which also seeks to empower youngsters with enough knowledge about the environment and climate change coincides with the global celebration of World Earth Day.

“We have serious challenges regarding climate change, unsustainable use of natural resources, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, forests and farmland. Not to mention the huge inequality still prevailing in several parts of the planet,” an official from Little Hands Go Green said in a statement emphasizing that climate change is a very real threat to economy and a threat to ‘the future of our children, to our way of life’.

Joseph Masembe welcoming Pius Bigirimana, and Irish Ambassador to Uganda Dónal Cronin to a previous conference

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green has a mission to inspire a patriotic nationwide culture of “Our Environment is Our Future and Our Future is Our responsibility” by creating a mass hysteria of tree planting by children both at school and at home.

“What we are about is sowing the seeds of environmental propriety in the children and teaching them that owning up to and taking care of their environment is their responsibility,” Joseph Masembe said in an email interview.

Pupils take part in a play at one of the previous conferences

“We seek to assign responsibility of ensuring a Green future for all on the children because the future belongs to them. We have pioneered a new wave of change where we are making environmental conservation education cool for kids.

It is not in the National education curriculum so we are creating an extracurricular segment for environmental conservation education by driving children to each plant at least a fruit tree in their homes or wherever they can,” he explained.

 

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