The discussion focused on Uganda’s way forward to combatting Air Pollution. 17-year-old Climate Striker, Bob Matovu called for a ban on importing used or old vehicles, because they are lead polluters when it comes to road transport. These vehicles, which are mostly used for public transport in crowded urban areas, are a threat to people’s health. The uncontrolled industrial emissions of toxic fumes into the Kampala skyline will soon start causing serious damage.
At the youth dialogue, I gave an overview of our progress on raising the Uganda Students and Youth’s climate demands, and what we believe needs to be addressed in Uganda’s official climate action plan. To us, a group of young Ugandans, marking World Environment Day as the climate striking generation reaffirms the role we play as young people, protecting the only planet we have. I personally focus on behavioural change and a lifestyle shift towards green practices that – as I like to say – Keep Mama Africa Green.
We call upon other youth, and school officials to allow students, to participate in the Fridays For Future #SchoolStrike4Climate, and together we can be a bigger voice demanding climate action.