By Ivan Mwine
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for urgent measures to avert the climate change crisis the World is currently facing.
In a statement submitted to the ongoing World Leaders Summit during the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on Climate Change in Glasgow,UK, Museveni highlighted a number of “irresponsible and sometimes greedy human actions” that have led to damaging the environment.
He cited the depletion of forests, wetlands as well as the role of big emitters of greenhouse gases among the factors exacerbating the problem.
“If you conserve under-development, you should forget about conserving the environment. Therefore, let the world banish greed, ignorance, irresponsibility and rebelliousness, save our planet and use our greater knowledge to ensure affluence for all the people of the world,” Museveni said.
The Summit is being attended by among other world leaders; UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his capacity as host and Joe Biden, the President of the United States, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, plus several African heads of state.
Boris Johnson urged world leaders to make the bold commitments needed to avoid a “doomsday” scenario which could become a reality in the near future.
“The longer we fail to act, the worse it gets and the higher the price when we are eventually forced by the catastrophe to act,” Boris Johnson said.
He also emphasized that it was possible to significantly cut emissions and plant billions of trees “because it is the way to restore the balance of nature and fix carbon in the air.” he said.
The main objective of COP26 which is scheduled from 31 October -12 November 2021 is to get commitments aimed at reducing emissions in order to keep global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius as agreed in the Paris Agreement of 2015 on Climate Change.
Also participating is Uganda’s delegation which is led by Hon. Beatrice Anywar, the Minister of State for Environment, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Minister Judith Nabakooba and H.E. Julius Peter Moto, Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK