Fort Portal, Uganda

As the world continues to rise its voice against climate change, which has resulted in the outbreak of floods, persistent droughts, soil pollution, and plastic pollution, it has become crucial to address the new cancer of our generation. Plastic has been discovered to have entered the food chain, and research shows that many people consume plastic through food, such as fish. In developing countries like Uganda, where people often use plastic materials to store hot food and drinks, microplastics from the packaging can enter the food and end up being ingested.

AFRIYEA Golf Academy is partnering with KRC Uganda, Kabarole District Local Government, Fort Portal City Council, and CONSENT Uganda, among others, for an extensive clean-up campaign in Fort Portal on October 26th, 2023 – World Food Day. This activity is an integral part of a series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing collective action for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment.

The clean-up campaign, called “Free Fort Portal and River Mpanga from Plastics and Polythene Bags,” is a monthly activity in Fort Portal.

Fort Portal, like several other communities in Uganda, faces various environmental challenges, including plastic pollution, inadequate waste management, and the adverse impacts of climate change. The presence of plastic waste poses severe risks to both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, resulting in a loss of biodiversity and habitat degradation. Insufficient waste management practices exacerbate these issues, polluting the air, soil, and water sources, thereby endangering human health.

Moreover, the consequences of climate change, such as extreme weather events, water scarcity, and unpredictable agricultural yields, significantly impact food security and livelihoods. The clean-up campaign on World Food Day aims to address these challenges holistically, promoting a sustainable environment that supports a thriving community.