Taking Action for a Cleaner Kampala: KCCA’s Dr. Daniel Okello Highlights Urgent Need to Address Garbage and Pollution

Appearing on Spotlight UG last night, Dr. Daniel Okello, the Director of Public Health and Environment at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), shed light on the urgent issue of garbage and pollution in Kampala. He emphasized the crucial role of individual efforts in saving the environment. Dr. Okello’s insightful remarks not only highlighted the seriousness of the situation but also emphasized the need for action.

One striking statistic shared by Dr. Okello was that Kampala produces an astonishing 1200 tons of garbage every day, and a significant portion, around 40%, ends up in the city’s drainages. What’s more, a substantial 85% of this garbage consists of organic waste.

Dr. Okello emphasized that human activity is primarily responsible for climate change, and our presence poses a threat to the environment. It is often difficult to determine if the air around us is clean or polluted since we cannot see or smell it, making it an unnoticed problem.

Dr. Okello’s thought-provoking message resonates deeply: “It starts with us and definitely ends with us.” Instead of blaming others, each person must reflect on their actions and commit to preserving the environment. This sentiment is reflected in the environmental campaign “Taasa Obutonde,” which encourages individuals to adopt sustainable practices and protect the environment.

Let’s take a moment to consider the impact of our choices on the environment, especially in places like markets where we not only find food but also interact with the environment. Dr. Okello’s question lingers: “What are you doing to ensure that the food people take home is clean?” This serves as a reminder that our individual efforts can make a significant difference in safeguarding the environment.

Saving the environment is not solely the responsibility of governments or organizations; it is an effort that each of us must undertake. By embracing sustainable practices, minimizing waste, disposing of garbage properly, and avoiding littering, we can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment for ourselves and future generations.

Let us answer Dr. Okello’s call to action and recognize the power we hold as individuals to shape the future of our environment. Together, we can create a sustainable and thriving Kampala where the beauty of nature is preserved for everyone to enjoy. The time to act is now. Taasa Obutonde.

Elizabeth Tendo

Elizabeth Tendo

Elizabeth Tendo is a Ugandan Marketer, Public Relations Practitioner, Content Curator, and Producer working in the media production industry, currently Head of Public Relations, Next Media.

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