Editor’s Note: This message was originally published by Refugee Law Project on 5 June 2019 at 17:41hrs.
Today we join the rest of the world in commemorating the World Environment Day under the theme ‘Air Pollution’. Here in Uganda, the day is being commemorated in Moroto in the North Eastern part of the country.
As we commemorate the day, we are delighted to share with you our statement in commemoration of the day titled A Call to Fight Air Pollution: RLP’s Statement on World Environment Day. In the statement we call for behavioral change on how we interact with our environment.
Environmental pollution affects our health, our access to clean air and water, and a healthy ecosystem. Our environment is a determinant of our health.
While our day-to-day lives may not feel threatened right now, air pollution has a compounding affect that will only grow worse without intervention. Each one of us ought to take actions that reduce on pollution.
One of the things we have done as RLP to improve the environment within refugee hosting districts of Kiryandongo, Lamwo and Adjumani is to encourage the hosts as well as the refugees to plant trees as a great tool for cleaning up polluted environments.