By Obed Kithende
KASESE: Mr. Alex Baluku has become the first journalist in the Rwenzori Sub Region to win the highly competitive Environmental Journalism competition at the French Embassy in Kampala.
The Embassy of France in Uganda, in partnership with InfoNile, launched a call for proposals for journalists who wished to gain skills in environmental and data journalism and publish pieces on climate change, water or environmental issues in the Ugandan context.
The Embassy of France in Uganda celebrates on a yearly basis the anniversary of COP-21, a groundbreaking international event held in Paris in 2015 that paved the way for multilateralism in the fight against climate change.
Environmental journalists are expected to be advocates of the planet earth who can raise their voices against the degradation of nature and natural resources.
It is their duty to unearth such stories and malpractices which are proving to be harmful for the environment.
They are supposed to use the power of different forms of media and mass communication in order to inform, educate and persuade people to bring about the changes in their day to day lives to improve the quality of air, water, wildlife and natural resources.
Speaking to the winner about the Award, Baluku told UGReports that he was grateful for his contribution to environmental protection using journalism.
“I am happy that my work is being recognized, this gives me courage to move on,” he said.
Baluku is part of the young people movement around Rwenzori Mountains who are conscious about Climate Change, Environmental protection and Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the French Embassy, Mr. Alex is expected to produce a journalistic piece on the increasing disappearance of glaciers on the Rwenzori Mountains