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climate change

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Petition to Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business - RT. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda - RT. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Uganda Minister of Water and Environment - Hon. Cheptoris Sam

Enact a Fair and Equitable Climate Change Law for Uganda

As you are aware, Uganda has already witnessed some of the negative effects of climate change, and many more are expected to impact the country. The major manifestations of climate change in Uganda include: severe water shortages; increased incidents of drought; reduced crop production especially the value of the Arabica and Robusta coffee crop which could fall by half by 2050 due to the contraction of the area that can support its production – with the cost of the associated losses from the fall in production estimated at US$ 1, 235 million; reduced potential for hydropower development due to a reduction in rainfall and water availability – with the decline estimated at 26% by 2050; and damage to the country’s physical infrastructure due to extreme weather events, with losses estimated at 0.1–0.4% of Uganda’s GDP in 2050 (Ministry of Water and Environment, 2017). The impact of climate change on Uganda is also manifested by the declining surface area of the Rwenzori ice caps which has reduced by 49 percent between 1987 and 2003, and is projected to disappear within the next two decades. Thus, adaptation and mitigation action is required in all major sectors of the economy including: agriculture; energy; health; transport and physical infrastructure; and water. A proposed National Climate Change law (now a bill) is expected to accelerate Uganda’s efforts to undertake adaptation and mitigation action across all the key sectors of the Ugandan economy. Since the draft National Climate Change Bill, 2017 came out at the end of July 2017 for public review, the Climate Change Department in collaboration with different stakeholders have held several meetings involving Government Departments and Agencies; Civil Society Organizations; Private sector; Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, among others. According to Mr Chebet Maikut - Commissioner of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, 'The proposed climate change law is deemed crucial in filling up the existing gaps in sectoral laws enacted by Parliament of Uganda'. Equally, CSOs are optimistic that the proposed law will create a clear regulatory framework where all the actors in Uganda are obliged to collectively  and individually take up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. In advancing the concerns already expressed by civil society on this draft climate change bill, we would like to petition you and other relevant law makers - that when this important Bill comes before the floor of Parliament of Uganda, the following specific glaring equitable and fairness related gaps must be addressed: Under the proposed National Climate Change Advisory Committee, wider representation is needed to include in the membership of the committee, a representative of the youth, a representative of cultural and traditional institutions. Therefore membership of the committee should be increased to include: Representative from National Youth council, Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Gender Labour & Social Development. The draft Bill requires the Climate Change Department to prepare an annual report on climate change for consideration by Cabinet and Parliament and provides the major contents for that report. It is important that among the contents, there should be a specific section detailing special measures and initiatives carried out to make the most vulnerable communities and persons resilient to effects of climate change it is proposed that Uganda’s CC law should establish an annual multi-stakeholder climate change platform at both the national and district local governments for mutual accountability between duty bearers and the general public. These forums would also be very important in terms of promoting public participation in decision-making and access to climate change information. However, an elaboration of this should be done as much as possible to uphold this important step towards promoting sustainable development in Uganda (for example, a schedule on composition of the multi-stakeholder forum). The draft Bill is weak with respect to the question of public participation in climate change decision-making. To be progressive, Uganda’s climate change law should make it possible for the public to challenge decisions taken where there has not been meaningful participation. Similarly in relation to the Right to petition court in defense of climate change adaptation and mitigation, Uganda’s climate change law should provide for the right of any person to apply to court where a person or entity has acted in a manner that has or is likely to adversely affect efforts towards mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. A failure to address the above gaps will imply Business as Usual where citizens, communities, groups, private sector and legislators will NOT be in position to among others: promote robust measures to enhance public participation and accountability; impose  the much needed duty on local governments to mainstream climate change in their policies, plans and budgets;  require all the key sectors of Uganda's economy to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans through mobilization of the requisite resources.  

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development
67 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Simona Bonafe, Karl Heinz Florenz, Mark Demesmaeker, Nils Torvalds, Josu Juaristi Abaunz, Davor Skrlec, Piernicola Pedicini, Frans Timmermans, Katarina Butkovska

Let’s cut Europe and the UK's food waste in half!

Petition also available in: français, Deutsche, Español, italiano, Português, čeština, Magyar, Română, български, hrvatski There are about 55 million people in food poverty in Europe - and the food wasted throughout the continent could feed them over 9 times over. Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest carbon emitter after the US and China. I think this is a scandal. We’re at a historic moment. The EU is about to decide whether to act to halve Europe’s food waste by 2030. This will enter into UK law before Brexit and be difficult for the UK government to go back on. It could be the most ambitious agreement on food waste the world has ever seen. Join me to make sure this historic commitment to cut food waste isn't weakened, and to end food waste together. I’ve been campaigning on food waste for 7 years. I’ve seen literally millions of vegetables left to rot in the field because they were a bit small or imperfect-looking. I’ve seen hundreds of loaves and sandwiches binned daily by single supermarket stores. I’ve found supermarkets throwing perfectly tasty food away, instead of giving it to people. It breaks my heart to see this food wasted needlessly, alongside global hunger and environmental crises. This has to stop. In 2017, there will be a historic decision by the EU, to decide the future of food waste in Europe. This could be the most ambitious, legally binding target on food waste the world has ever seen, committing to cut the EU’s food waste by 50% by 2030, setting a global example. And the target will enter into UK law before it leaves the European Union, meaning that it will shape the UK’s approach to food waste even after Brexit. The British Government would need to change the law after Brexit if they want to back down on the commitment. This could be our last chance to get such a strong target embedded in UK law. But the agreement is far from certain – it might be watered down. Halving food waste could become an “aspirational” voluntary target, making it easy to ignore. Some versions of the agreement even sideline the mountains of food wasted on farms and in factories, even though some businesses waste more in a day than a person does in their home in a year. No ifs, no buts – we need committed action! I've joined with campaigners, businesses and environmental groups around Europe to call for: A binding target to cut EU food waste by 50% by 2030, from farm to fork. Prioritise food waste reduction, then diverting edible food to feed hungry people, before being considered for use as animal feed or other uses, and landfill only as a last resort. Please join us.  Together, we can persuade the EU to take the lead in putting an end to food waste. And together, we can end the needless hunger and environmental destruction it causes.

Martin Bowman (This Is Rubbish)
32,272 supporters