CLIMATE TOUCH AFRICA

Using video to document and disseminate personal climate change stories to effect positive change.

Climate change impacts the natural-resource-dependent poor, and the ways they struggle to adapt go un-documented and therefore remain unknown. Climate Touch Africa, located in Uganda, intends to fill this gap through continuous documentation of personal stories about Climate Change – its impacts and adaptation strategies – and getting the resulting documentaries screened within communities, to share lessons about the realities of climate change and the need to act now. This documentation will also be distributed to policy makers, to raise their awareness and influence their decisions in addressing climate change issues; and shared on websites as an advocacy tool calling for action to redress the inequities and vulnerabilities due to climate change.

Beyond this, the project will build the capacity of Nature Palace Foundation (NPF) and its partner organisation in: effective networking and knowledge sharing through continuous documentation of best practices or local nature of successful adaptation and subsequent dissemination to rural communities and policy makers for their decisive actions.

I.         The Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Llivelihood Improvement Options Programme (ADAPT+): aims at addressing Environmental, Health, and Socio-Economic challenges in urban and peri-urban areas in relation to climate change through an integrated approach that involve:

  • Better Solid Waste Management;
  • Appropriate Energy Options ( recycling for fuel briquettes)
  • Promoting options for waste reduction;
  • Promoting re-use of packaging items and recycling of plastics, metallic and glass materials;
  • Promoting Health and Sanitation;
  • Conserving existing forestry resources;
  • Creating jobs for un-employed youth;
  • Promoting Food Security while contributing to Climate change adaptation by the poor sections of society, using innovative ‘Muzinga’ clean stoves and briquettes as an appropriate technology.

II       Climate Change and Children with Disabilities programme

About one million physically-handicapped people live in Uganda, in dire vulnerable situations due to discrimination at home and within the wider community; they lack of ownership of key assets and are unable to engage in income generating activities. In the face of Climate Change, the vulnerability of such people is compounded, mainly due to food and nutritional deficiencies.  This is so because Climate Change impacts result in deficiencies in food production i.e. escalating levels of food insecurity characterized by extreme hunger and malnutrition. In this regard, the impacts of climate change include a reduction in soil productivity; unpredictable-irregular seasons characterized by extremes of both dryness and precipitation that result into destructive floods; crop failure; escalating incidence of pest attacks; and decreased livestock productivity.  In every scenario, the physically handicapped find themselves in more vulnerable situations than the average person in the community.

Nature Palace Foundation is collaborating with ADRA Uganda in a project that is equipping children with disabilities with skills of growing food under unfavorable conditions in response to climate change and urbanization/land shortage.  Nature Palace Foundation has facilitated in this programme to impart skills of home-gardening, having a positive attitude towards life and fighting stigma and inferiority complexes.

Through this project, children with disabilities are able to:

  • Produce food and supplement their dietary requirements at the centre
  • Carried information to their homes and effected change in food production and dietary improvement;
  • Been able to view themselves as useful and productive members of society and therefore improve their self-esteem;
  • Have proved to society that they can actively be engaged in productive work;

Outstanding Challenges however still remain to be addressed:

  • The intervention has but reached a very small percentage of the about a million disabled people in the country;
  • The negative attitude by the wider layer of society can not be changed in a short time;
  • Education and Awareness needs to be widespread country-wide, a task that can not be accomplished by a few actors.

Some Feedback:

“I have watched the videos and many tears came from my heart… I have no words to express how important your work is. I will be glad to give a helping hand to you in this beautiful project of life, care and justice.” – Michèle Sato, PhD, Environmental Education – Brazil, Federal University of Mato Grosso

“I have never thought of the vulnerabilities of children with disabilities like I do now after watching this video” – Dalia, a secondary school teacher, St Maria Gorret Senior Secondary School. Uganda.

“An innovative idea which should be followed through. Congratulations on the progress.” Mr. Kennedy Orwa, Ag Executive Director, Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI), Nairobi

“APE has become one of our most valued partners in the area of Climate Change. We have a vision of developing this into a bigger and very effective program in addressing the big information and knowledge gap about climate change among rural communities in Africa and we are so grateful to APE for this maiden support for this project.” Nature Palace Foundation.

http://www.naturepalace.net/

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