Impact of climate change is overwhelmingly felt by Ugandans, report says

A new report from Twaweza reveals a stark reality: 86% of Ugandans recognize the impacts of climate change on their daily lives. The report highlights not only the consequences but also the potential causes, pointing to human activities as responsible for environmental degradation.

“Despite differences in age, location and background,” the report states, “Ugandans overwhelmingly agree that climate change is a pressing issue that directly affects their lives.” The report also emphasizes the need to move away from using firewood as the primary cooking fuel, recognizing the challenges but emphasizing the environmental benefits.

The main causes of environmental destruction identified in the report are deforestation (70%), followed by the recovery of wetlands (19%) and other factors (11%). Twaweza emphasizes the significant threat that climate change poses to Uganda, a nation located at the equator with a low-income population that relies heavily on climate-sensitive economic activities.

This report coincides with World Press Freedom Day, prompting Joe Kigozi, vice-president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and chief strategy officer of Next Media, to call for greater media attention to environmental issues. .

“Climate change affects everyone, regardless of their origins,” Kigozi stressed. “It is crucial to engage media stakeholders to ensure that environmental concerns receive adequate space in reporting, particularly within contemporary journalism.”

The Twaweza report and Kigozi’s call to action highlight the urgency of addressing climate change in Uganda. Greater public awareness and a more environmentally conscious media landscape are essential steps towards a sustainable future for the nation.