Friday, October 31, 2008
Uganda should join global tree planting campaign
He who does not heed advice pays expensively. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns that over 80% of Uganda will become a desert in less than 100 years if the current climate changes are not addressed.
Global warming and Greenhouse gases have caused temperatures to rise, with south-western Uganda being the most affected. This is evidenced by the reduction of the water table in Mbarara, the declining of water levels in Katonga wetland system, Lake Mburo, River Rwizi, Kitagata hot springs, Lake Nakivale, the persistent droughts since 1990 and the decline in food production.
The FAO representative in Uganda, Percy Misika, says temperatures are still rising and over 80% of the country could turn into a desert soon. Unless the trend is reversed, global warming could rise to between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius by 2100 (The New Vision, September 18. )
We are already experiencing the consequences of environmental degradation.