The Hoima Resident District Commissioner ( RDC) Mr. Isaac Kawooya, has hailed the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) for its efforts in complementing government programs especially in the area of environmental protection and conservation.
Kawooya particularly thanked NAPE for establishing the Uganda Community Green Radio which he said was doing a great job in mobilizing people in Bunyoro and neighbouring areas to participate in environmental protection activities aimed at mitigating climate change effects.
“I thank NAPE and Community Green radio for not only promoting environmental education amongst our people but also demonstrating to them practically what they need to do to keep our environment clean and conducive to live in. What NAPE is doing compliments government’s programs on environment and natural resources management”, Mr. Kawooya explained.
The RDC made these remarks on Wednesday 8th.June, 2016 at Hoima Rukurato Hall while presiding over a function to commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) organized by NAPE.
Earlier, the RDC together with other Hoima District leaders, r epresentatives of the Uganda Police Force, representatives of CSOs, listeners of the Community Green Radio, students and members of the public had participated in a tree planting exercise in several places in Hoima Municipality including Hoima Public school and at the Palace of the Bunyoro Kitara King. The RDC said he was delighted to see NAPE planting and encouraging communities to plant trees.
NAPE celebrated the world environment Day under the theme “Conserve wildlife, sustain livelihoods”. Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the NAPE Executive Director said that the World Environment Day is a great day which everybody needs to take seriously. “This in an important day which we all need to take seriously. It reminds us of our obligations to the environment and mother earth,” he said
The event in Hoima started with a procession around Hoima Municipality comprised of community members, members of Sustainability Clubs, members of Community Radio listeners club, politicians, members of the Uganda Police force and the civil society. The people carried placards with different messages such as, “Our wildlife, our wealth”, Save our forests Save our future, Environmental Education for Sustainability"
NAPE Senior Program Officer in charge of Administration, Mr. Geoffrey Kamese underscored need for individuals to exercise responsibility in as far environmental protection is concerned.
World environment day celebrations started way back in 1972. It is celebrated on June 5th every year and this year’s world celebrations were held in Angola under the theme, “Go wild for Life” and the National celebrations were Gulu district on June 6,2016