PUBLISHED — 1st, October 2022

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) together with the Rotary Club of Kampala 7 Hills are partnering to plant 20,000 trees in all public schools in Kampala.

The tree planting initiative known as Mission Green Project is aimed at bringing climate awareness and shade to the children who are the future occupants of this planet.

With the world facing the challenge of climate change, tree planting is key in combating global warming.

The tree planting exercise was launched at Bat Valley Primary School on Saturday October 1, 2022.

Kampala Central Division Mayor, Salim Uhuru officiated the event and commended Rotary Club, for supporting the tree planting initiatives in schools.

“We are on mission green and our aim is to plant fruit trees and other trees across schools in all the divisions of Kampala. This will promote environmental conservation and contribute to reversal of climate change,” Uhuru said.

Past Rotary District Governor, Kenneth Mugisha, underscored the importance of planting trees, and revealed that the fruit trees will help beautify the schools but also provide fruits to the learners.

“The mission is to grow trees, we don’t want to just plant and they are left to die. These trees are important for our survival as humans and for ensuring we curb climate change,” Mugisha said.

Some of the fruit trees planted by the Rotarians include citrus and guavas.

Cynthia Makokha Mukiibi, the President of the Rotary Club of Kampala 7 Hills said Mission Green Project is one of the Rotary International activities assigned to each Rotary Club globally to plant trees generously in communities to replace the depleted green cover.

“We happy to be partnering with KCCA to plant these trees in our schools. Some of the trees in the city have gotten old and need to be replaced. It is our duty as citizens to plant trees and protect them,” Mukiibi said.

George Odong, Officer Landscape at KCCA noted that planting trees in line with the Kampala Smart City initiative of making Kampala a livable, sustainable city.

Kampala Capital City was in 2020 recognized among the Tree Cities of the World, the first African city to be recognized under this program.

Odong says to maintain this position more trees need to be planted to increase on the green cover in the city.

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