Conservationists raise red flag over declining biodiversity

A woman and her daughter search among the debris for anything they can salvage
A woman and her daughter search among the debris for anything they can salvage
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Conservationists have raised a red flag, saying humans are over-using the natural resources of the planet.

They say the problem is getting worse as populations and consumption keep growing faster than technology finds new ways of expanding what can be produced from the natural world.

This had led a recent report to predict that by 2030 if nothing changes, mankind would need two planets to sustain its lifestyle.

Commenting on the matter, WWF Uganda county head David Duli, said behaviour change remains the only option to urgently address the catastrophic situation.

“We must start by changing our behavior and adopt lifestyles that are friendly to the environment for us to put our environment on a recovery path”, Mr. Duli said.

Mr. Duli adds that behaviours such as riding bicycles as opposed to driving cars, acquiring water bottles to reduce plastic pollution among are some of the possible alternatives if the world is halted the looming disaster.

A trader is partly submerged in water at the Mulungo Beach in Munyonyo, Kampala, capital of Uganda, April 22
A trader is partly submerged in water at the Mulungo Beach in Munyonyo, Kampala, capital of Uganda, April 22

Ms. Rita Kyategeka, a conservationist, urged the public to take matters into their own hands and change to sustainable practices of food production, agriculture, fishing, Forestry infrastructure and Forestry.

“This is the only way we can guarantee clean water and food for all Ugandans, the stability of our climate, diversity of life to guarantee our tourism industry and good quality of life for all Ugandans” Kyategeka noted.

Several parts of Uganda are currently experiencing heavy rainfall which has led to the flooding of lakes and rivers.

Sweeping floods in western Uganda recently killed tens and displaced over 5,000 people as heavy rains continue to inundate the region.

In its outlook for March to May, Uganda’s National Meteorological Authority warned of heavy rainfall over several parts of the country, which could lead to flooding and landslides, causing loss of lives, destruction of property and infrastructure.

Floods and landslides have killed 194 people in neighbouring Kenya and 65 in north-west Rwanda in the past week.

Conservationists put all this to the massive decline of biodiversity and are now calling you to add your voice

Villagers who have lost everything are sheltering in makeshift camps where food, bedding and water are in short supply
Villagers who have lost everything are sheltering in makeshift camps where food, bedding and water are in short supply

The Voice for the Planet, recently launched by WWF is a platform to allow people to add their name by signing a petition as well as pledging to make a lifestyle change.

Political, business, religious and cultural leaders as well as individuals are invited to sign up and commit to tackling the loss of nature before the damage to our country is irreparable.
The Voice for the Planet will create a visual demonstration of the national and global demand and commitment to actions that will save our country and the planet as a whole.
Add your voice here:

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