Mayinja has released popular songs in the past about political and economic issues in Uganda, and will soon be recording songs about climate change in Africa. He plans to visit different towns and launch environment youth clubs in an effort to empower communities on the ground level to take action themselves to conserve their natural environment, and the resources it provides.
“I am ready to traverse the country to mobilise Ugandans through music and also forming environment clubs at least at LC level in most of the towns. The main reason is to have more people involved at the community level because if the top government officers try to implement such policies they use police hence scaring people away,” Mayinja said.
Derrick Mutema, ACRP’s Uganda national coordinator, also urged African governments to rethink economic development that is just for the sake of development, without thinking about who might be put at risk – investing in harmful developments like coal mines or coal-fired power plants fuels climate change, environmental degradation and food insecurity, as well as having severe impacts on people’s health.
Mutema added that while many Africans feel that our continent should have the opportunity to invest in fossil fuel development as the Western world has done, that we can leapfrog this age of dirty energy. The developing world is turning to renewable energy – both as a climate change mitigation measure, and an extraordinary, environmentally sound way to alleviate energy poverty in Africa.