By Innocent Atuganyira
MASINDI: In order to conserve and protect the environment from depletion, Umoja Conservation Trust has embarked on planting 60 million trees across the country in commemoration of Uganda’s 60 years of Independence.
Over 2,000 trees were planted on Thursday during the Campaign launch at Karujubu Primary School in Karujubu Division Masindi Municipality.
Speaking at the launch, Bryan Toshi Bwana, the Organization Founding Member said that they are contributing a brick to their initiative dubbed 60 million trees for Uganda@60 adding this is a way they think Uganda should celebrate their diamond jubilee.
He also said they want to revive the depleted environment. ‘’We want to have the environment of sixty years back. That is why we have embarked on planting 60 million trees across the country,’’ he added.
Toshi further said that they are agitating for natural fruit trees to protect the environment and its cover adding this is how they can do it. ‘’We want to protect the environment and the changing climate in the country,’’ he added.
Robert Mubokhisa, the Sector Manager Budongo Forest says there is a population pressure on the forest adding that there is a need to embrace the tree planting campaign to conserve the environment.
He also told this online news publication that they have embarked on the community sensitization meeting and when it fails they apply enforcement.
‘’When enforcement fails, we apply law and that’s how we have managed to conserve this forest,’’ he said.
Ms Nyamigisa Ireen, the head teacher Karujubu Primary School commended Umoja Conservation Trust for the campaign and said that trees will act windbreakers, provide shade and fruits to learners.
She called upon the community to embrace the tree planting campaign to conserve and protect the environment from depletion.
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