Uganda's climate is predicted to rise by 1.5 degrees centigrade by 2028. An exhibition at the Uganda Museum notes this fact with concern, warning that unless action is taken, the country will be in dire straits because of climate change.
The permanent exhibition is an initiative of the British High Commission and the Uganda Museum. It contains panels, pictures and posters predicting that if the temperature rises by two degrees, coffee production would be adversely affected, causing a considerable shortfall in the country's export earnings.
The increased temperature would also cut back in exports like fish, tobacco, tea, cut flowers, cocoa, cotton, processed fruit, fruits and vegetables and honey. These goods fetch Uganda a total of 321 million dollars every year.
The exhibition tells that the effects of climate change are already being felt. It points to the heavy rains of 2007 that caused major flooding in the North and Northeast, disappearance of certain crops, reduced water levels and erratic rainfall during the rainy season from March to June.
The exhibition shows that though the amount of carbon Uganda emits is still very low, strategies should be undertaken to introduce more energy-safe alternatives. It proposes building with compressed rounded walls, use of fuel-efficient stoves, use of bicycles and introduction of Zero Emission Machine cars and bus-cycles that are operated by pedal power.
The climate change exhibition is free to the public. Despite this, visitors to the Uganda Museum, particularly Ugandans, are not giving it a second thought.
For the two hours that Uganda Radio Network was at the exhibition, two of the 10 visitors were Ugandan. Among them was Nkumba University's Professor Eric Edroma who said it was a pity that more Ugandans are now bothering to learn about real issues that are affecting the country.
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Professor Edroma says all government officials, the media and relevant public agencies should increase awareness on climate change in mitigate the worst effects of the problem.