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TAU To Celebrate 10 Years At Run4Climate 2023

TAU To Celebrate 10 Years At Run4Climate 2023

For this year, Tree Adoption Uganda (TAU) has organized the third edition of the Run4Climate. At the same time, it will double as part of their 10th-year anniversary since it was founded under the theme “fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and restoration”.

In the previous runs, the numbers of participants have grown by leaps and bounds. Participants have doubled from a humble 300 in 2020 to over 700 in 2022. It is even expected to grow bigger this year.

The country is preparing to celebrate the Environment Day. However, there is a lot to think about in relation to restoring natural habitats and forest covers that face a lot of pressure due to various human factors.

Simon Peter Okoth, the Project Field Officer at TAU emphasized that the run is about creating awareness among various stakeholders.

He said it is also aimed at raising funds for restoration of over 200 acres of land by tree growing.

He also noted how important waste management is and also giving an opportunity for organizations to network as well as making synergies.

“The Run4Climate welcomes all stakeholders such as students, government, environment players. Non-Government Organizations, indigenous communities , international actors and many others and it provides an opportunity for exposure, exchange of views, experiences as well as benchmarking amongst the people” Says Okoth.

More to that, he urged everybody to come and participate since climate change affects everyone young or adult.

He said they should prepare their running kits come Sunday 18 June, 2023 at Makerere University Rugby Grounds. Participating in the run will be at a paltry fee of UGX. 20,000 aimed at a Nobel global cause.

However though, the matter of climate change in Uganda needs radical measures, more education, awareness and mindset change approaches. Coupled with TAU’s efforts and its partners, over 60,000 trees have been planted in Bududa, Nakaseke, Nakasongola and other areas.

However, it’s still a journey of a thousand steps since 122,000 hectares of forest cover is lost annually.

Notable names will be at the run including Nalongo Judith Heard, Canary Mugume, Vanesa Nakate among others spreading the word of restoration.

Apart from the Run, there will also be a blood donation drive, HIV/ AIDS testing, exhibitions, entertainment and other fun activities.

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