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Mahatma Gandhi

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.

Chris Maser

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

Theodore Roosevelt

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

Kurt Vonnegut

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Climate change deniers are not aware of these isolated incidents in Africa

Effects of climate change have been visible to us for some time now, but since they are gradual not abrupt communities do not seem to notice them, climate change deniers must be blind not to see some of these. In an IPCC climate change synthesis report in 2007, it was envisaged that Africa will be the most badly affected continent. With some parts experiencing less precipitation by 2020 exposing over 250 million people leading to a fall in agricultural production. Other parts of central and eastern regions will have increased precipitation leading to loss of food, lives and property during flooding.  Places on low lying coastal areas like Lagos, Cairo, Contonou, Massawa, Alexandria and Lome will be affected heavily. 

                                Source: IPCC, 2007


Climate change impact on the agriculture sector is grave serious.  It feeds communities and any disruption will mean a family will go hungry, scientist have also proved that there has been a loss in nutrients derived from some cereals and the culprit is climate change. Everyone is engaged in some kind of agriculture on small or large scale, subsistence or commercial; this makes it the highest informal employer next to none.  In Uganda agriculture employs about 80% of the population, just imagine that percentage of the population without jobs, it may lead to a civil war. 
                            Source: Hudson Apunyo


Africa is in pool position in terms of poor infrastructure; most of the structures built are with little or no planning at all. There are provisions that do care of natural calamities of floods, earth quakes e.t.c . The drainage systems where built by colonialist in the early 1900s, they cannot cater for erratic rains that are frequent lately.  Roads are flooded leading to disruption of movement of vehicles and people; a lot of property has been destroyed as a result.  The drainage systems where built for about 40,000 people now Kampala City boost with over 2 million residents with about 4 million coming in every other day. This has strained the waste disposal system, with the flooding the situation has worsened leading to water borne diseases like typhoid, cholera e.t.c. 

                                Source: New vision


In Africa the education system requires pupils or students to actually attend school physically, every day for over 9 months in a year, most of these are day schools with a few offering boarding, students are required to commute daily to study. Flooding prevents students from attending classes during rainy season, which disrupts the curriculum. 10 years ago Uganda had 2 rainy seasons, now the weather can change any time. Schools get flooded preventing those who are able to get to school from actually studying, non attendance is contributing to poor grades.

                               Source: New vision 

Loss of lives

Lives are lost in Africa from so many reasons now climate change has been added on the list, for the deniers it’s happening. There are deaths associated with drought and famine due to low precipitation as we saw in the first diagram; children are dying from malnutrition got from the low or no nutrient cereals they are feed on because some cereals fail to produce those nutrients during high temperatures. People are drowning in their sleep when their houses are flooded during night downfalls; if they survive diseases from the water like cholera, typhoid have killed many.  Collapsed building in South B, Nairobi, after floods and heavy rain on May 2015, which claimed 9 people.

                                Source: Kenya Red Cross


There are costs incurred after such atrocities like feeding, giving shelter, treating. If the governments can’t afford it normally invites relief organizations to come and help out. In 2010 the Uganda Red Cross Society launched local appeal for $987,969 to support about 50,000 people for 3 months. You can imagine how expensive it is to rehabilitate these communities. A grant was received worth $8.37 million to help in climate resilience projects in areas prone to floods in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon, which was badly hit by landslides killing over 300 people in Bududa district in 2010 (URN, 2015)

                               Source: URCS

Climate change is the cause of so many atrocities although they are not documented. Africa is suffering and will continue to suffer if something is not done to reverse global warming, Climate change deniers are not helping that cause.

By Kateregga Dennis, BA(ECON), Dip. IEL 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Employment through tourism in Uganda: Relating to Lake Inle Degradation

The above video shows what is happening at Lake Inle

In a recent survey Ugandan graduate quota was 400,000 leading to the accumulation of excess human capital with no subsequent employment opportunities. With this demographic sustainable growth is needed of employment in both formal and informal sector to the meet the growing population.  Entrepreneurship promotion as a way to fight poverty has been a challenge because it has not created employment as expected. This has led to an increase in self – employment in the informal sector but it has not resulted in additional job creation.

Many livelihoods of Ugandans are tied intimately to the environment as a source of household requirements and production. Uganda’s agricultural, mining and tourism sector are dependent directly on the natural resources and the environment. It’s possible that the environment and natural resource base is the highest provider of gainful informal employment to the Ugandan economy (Yakobo Moyini , Eugene Muramira, Lucy Emerton & Fanuel Shechambo, 2002).  Tourism based on wildlife indirectly and directly supports the livelihoods of people.  The biological basis of food security is derived from animal and plant genetic resources. The benefits are yielded from wildlife animals and plants contribute to the local and national income. Tourism activities are a source of food, bush meat, cropping, wildlife hunting and ranching (State of environment report, 2010)

Dating back tourism has been initiated and promoted by environment. Environment and tourism have jointly been part of all phases of the development process.  Through tourism many restorations on archaeological treasures and monuments have occurred and conservation of nature resources like through eco – tourism.  It contributes about 6% of the world income, tourism represents an estimated 3.4% of total employment directly supported by 101 million jobs (WTTC 2013 Economic Impact Report) it’s a key source of employment across the world, where 1 out of 11 jobs across the globe are in the tourism sector. It has helped in giving jobs to the underrepresented population groups in the labour market of women and youth; this is manifested by a report by UNWTO and UN Women in 2010.  The sector has been important in achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of gender equality and empowerment of women. Consumer surplus in tourism like gorilla tracking alone has grossed $1.72million per year in Uganda. (Moyini and Muramira, 2001)

Tourism naturally, has a marked impact on the demand for exhaustible and renewable resources. Congestion, noise, many people, and litter are associated with tourism, where it generates significant wastes and leading to disposal problems (Stabler and Goodall, 1996)This leads to the disruption of animal life cycle, extinction of fragile plants, and human wastes into water bodies and beaches. Tourism has affected man made environment as most of these infrastructures are set up with no prior research but for sake of supporting the tourism sector like visual pollution, ribbon development & sprawl, overloading of the infrastructure, segregation of local residents and traffic congestion

 Environmental degradation estimated cost of at the macro-economic level in Uganda
Biodiversity loss
506 billion/year
Degradation of soil resources
225 billion/year
Range land degradation
815 billion/year
Wetlands encroachment
2 billion/year
Contamination of water systems
38 – 61 billion/year
Emerton and Muramira, 1999

By Kateregga Dennis, BA(ECON), Dip. IEL 

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