The impact of climate change on Uganda

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Margaret Balikagala is the Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Programme Coordinator for Restless Development in Uganda. In this post for the #CoolerPlanet series, she looks at the various impacts climate change has on Uganda.

Increase in average temperatures, change in rainfall patterns and total annual rainfall amounts are the most critical climate change issues in Uganda. The implications for the Ugandan people are significant, with a change in temperature having an effect on water resources, food security, natural resource management, human health, housing and infrastructure. Meanwhile the rain causes flooding, which  affects transportation, housing, social services and people’s livelihoods.

5 ways you can tackle climate change at a grassroots level

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James Crawley is a Y Care International returned volunteer who is currently in Paris for Camp Climate – an event focusing on youth participation at COP21. In this blog, he lists five easy ways that you can start to tackle climate change at a grassroots level.

COP21 (conference of Parties) hopes to bring world leaders together to create a binding ‘agreement’ on addressing climate change. It can all seem a bit technical at times and perhaps it seems like there is nothing we can do. The good news is that’s not true! Here are some ways you can tackle climate change at a grassroots level:  

The UK may not be recognised as a champion for climate change, but that may be unfair

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Jessica Simonds is a postgraduate student in Violence, Terrorism and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast. She is also a member of the action/2015 Youth Panel as a representative for the British Youth Council. Follow her experiences at the youth climate camp in Paris via twitter on @JKSimonds.

The UK may not be fully recognised for its ability to combat and champion climate change, but this author will argue that this may be unfair. As an island nation, we have been given the evidence of how our sea levels will rise and our land mass may be diminished. This could affect us in more ways than having to worry about adapting to smaller territory. Some see it as a national security concern, some see it as a moral concern, whereas others fear for our economy and physical safety. This article hopes to engage you in the topic of our legislation and our ambitions  

The dramatic impact of climate change in Kenya

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In the latest post in our #CoolerPlanet series, Kenneth and Felix from Kenya tell a story about the dramatic impact of the changing environment in their country. It inspired them set up action/2015:Nairobi – a social movement for young people that works on the Global Goals.

Climate change is a global issue that has posed many serious threats to different regions.  While Climate change affects us all, it does not affect us all equally.

Small steps to contribute to a better planet

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Tobi Ijitoye is an action/2015 youth panelist and campaigner with Restless Development. In this post for the #CoolerPlanet series, she reflects on what small steps individuals can take to help tackle climate change.

Things that come into my head when I hear climate change: extreme weather, natural disasters, poor air quality, a massive myth. I am pretty sure this is what other people think when they hear about climate change too. However there’s more to climate than this. Climate change is an unprecedented moment in human history and it will take great innovation to halt climate change in its tracks.

I have confidence in my generation to tackle the global challenge of our time

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Henry Otafire is an action/2015 campaigner from Uganda and co-founded a youth-led platform called Response to African Youth Dynamics to raise a young generation that is environmentally conscious. In this longer read for the #CoolerPlanet blog series, he details the impact that Climate Change will have on Uganda and what young people all over the world can do for the planet.

As I sit down to write this blog, it is raining cats and dogs in Kampala. Heavy rains accompanied by disasters such as floods and landslides have hit the country and are expected to continue in the coming months.

Uganda just like other African countries is not exempt from the effects of climate change. Kampala is already experiencing more rains and will see more rains, with increased risk of floods and drainage problems, causing outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoea.