“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature” Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves we must care for nature. Time is now, nature is speaking, listen’ United Nations… Kabarole Research and Resource Centre has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Environment Day. Every year on June 5th, World the day is commemorated to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues.
As part of the efforts to contribute to the environment protection, and inspite of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, KRC has organized a training with funding from Broederjk Delen targeting 30 women in the construction of heat retention baskets as a measure to conserve energy, reduce fuel wood consumption and reduce the carbon emissions especially indoor pollution that is responsible for acute respiratory track diseases that affect majority women and children. The training is in 4 phases to ensure compliance to social distancing.
Heat-retention cooking technology saves fuel since after food has been heated to cooking temperature using a conventional stove or solar cooker, it maintains the heat in the basket without extra fuel added. This eventually reduces on the number of trees being cut down as a source of energy. The technology reduces the burden on women and children in searching for firewood.
To crown the day, KRC has in partnership with JESE, Kabarole District Local Government, Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) organized a zoom debate to brainstorm and find workable solutions for the striking nature. This comes amidst the recent floods that struck the region where major rivers in Bundibugyo and Kasese Districts burst their banks and left hundreds of people displaced and property worth millions destroyed.
The meeting resolved that everyone takes individual action to restore Mother Nature, increase pressure on Political leaders through advocacy to increase budget allocation to natural resources and ensure a proper utilization of the resources in a gender responsive and inclusive manner. An issues paper will be developed with concrete actions to compel individuals and leaders to act. It is time to act, let’s listen to nature. Let us act individually and think globally.