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Journalists, OPM Partner To Address Climate Change

Journalism is known as the fourth estate after the three top governance organs on matters of the humanity.

Media Challenge Initiative, an NGO formed by the group of journalists is up in arms to create an impact on the looming climate change in the country.

Speaking at the press conference about their upcoming Media Challenge Expo 2019, the CEO of the organisation Abas Mpindi said that the expo will run under the theme, ‘Reporting on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Uganda’.

“We will be training over 1000 journalism students in 17 Universities and we will focus on identifying talented students in the field of art, photography, writing and social media,” Mpindi said on Wednesday at Former MacKinnon Suites now Xanadu.

He added that best candidates in reporting about climate change will be rewarded with fellowship training with the organisation and will be facilitated to cover environment related stories countrywide.

Rebecca Sserwanga from the Office of the Prime Minister -Climate Change Department said that the government is happy to fund the project because the institution of the media plays a big role.

L-R; Media Challenge Initiative CEO Abas Mpindi , Rebecca Sserwangafrom OPM and Susan Nandudu from Africa Centre for Trade and Development addressing the press

“It is a collective effort. We are increasingly seeing unprecedented warming temperatures and human activities are the primary cause.

We are working on restoring wetlands, planting trees to bring our environment back to the optimal state, which is why we are supporting the media challenge initiative projects,” she said

According to Sserwanga, the Office of the Prime Minister is undertaking a project on strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risks (SCORE) supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE).

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