Climate change affects every country in the world, but some countries are feeling the negative impact of climate change more than others. Uganda, like many other developing countries, is having difficulty adapting to and dealing with the problems that climate change in Uganda is creating.
About the Climate Change in Uganda
Some of the negative effects of climate change in Uganda already being seen are heavy rains, flooding, droughts, landslide, lightning strikes, growing swarms of pests (such as desert locusts), and outbreaks of malaria, cholera and other potential deadly diseases.
One effect that climate change in Uganda has brought about is an increase in the country’s temperature by over 34 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1960s. This temperature rise is having a significant effect on both Uganda’s agriculture and health of its inhabitants.
With over 80% of Uganda’s population living in rural areas, the climate change in Uganda is likely to be felt more in this country than in the rest of Africa.
Reasons for the Climate Change
Other than many of the other common reasons for climate change, the Ugandan government itself has brought some of the problems in Uganda on. The rapid industrial growth of the country without regulation of carbon emissions has only added to Uganda’s climate problems.
Add to that the mass deforestation of the country and the growing population, and the country is on the verge of major food instability and shortages. The effects of climate change in Uganda are a major threat to the country’s efforts to end poverty and improve the lives of its people.
Changes need to be made quickly, or the people of Uganda will find themselves in a situation where food shortages will leave large segments of the population starving, and disease will only add to the people’s lack of ability to survive.
Efforts to Stabilize Uganda’s Climate
There are efforts being made to help stabilize Uganda’s climate. In northern Uganda, officials have embarked on tree and grass planting missions to help trap the emissions from growing traffic in the area and from the site where municipal garbage is incinerated.
The government is also promoting energy savings technologies, and the district has also begun a sustainable soil and land management by digging trenches to slow the run off during heavy rains.
There has also been progress in using solar energy rather than cutting trees and burning wood for lighting and the use of energy saving stoves for cooking.
While more needs to be done, the Ugandan government is continuing to look for and find ways to adapt to and slow the effects of climate change. However, it is going to take a sustained effort with many changes in order for Uganda to overcome the effects of climate change, but the country officials are dedicated to working to preserve the agriculture and the infrastructure of their country, and their determination may just be what is needed for the country to succeed.