Teso journalists replenish environment to mark World Press Day

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Teso journalists replenish environment to mark World Press Day
Teso journalists prepare to plant trees

Journalists from the Teso region have taken the initiative to combat climate change by planting over 10,000 across the region trees as they marked World Press Freedom Day.

Teso region has been grappling with environmental challenges, including deforestation, soil erosion, and unpredictable weather patterns.

Recognizing the urgent need for action, a group of Teso journalists under their umbrella association Teso Journalists for Community Empowerment - TEJFOCE decided to harness their collective influence and spearhead a tree planting campaign in schools , administration blocks across the twelve districts of Teso .

This year’s World Press Freedom day is celebrated under the theme; “A press for the nation, journalism in the face of the environmental crisis.”

The initiative was born out of a shared commitment to address the pressing environmental issues facing the Teso community.

Robert Edwomu the vice Chairperson TEJFOCE told our reporter that the campaign is aimed at raising  awareness about the importance of reforestation and inspire local residents to take action.

Mr. Edwomu said that, by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, trees help to combat greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate.

Additionally, trees provide essential habitat for wildlife, regulate water cycles, and prevent soil erosion, making them indispensable for maintaining healthy ecosystems, he said.

“Through radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, social media posts, and community outreach events, we have managed to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of tree planting and encouraged community members to get involved. Indigenous tree species were prioritized to ensure ecological suitability and enhance biodiversity and planting sites were strategically chosen to maximize environmental impact, with a focus on schools and government installations,” he noted.

The success of the Teso journalists' initiative serves as a compelling example for other communities around the world, demonstrating how grassroots movements can affect positive change and build a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Political leaders extend gratitude 

Political leaders from across the region have come forward to express their gratitude and admiration for the impactful work undertaken by these journalists in championing tree planting initiatives.

Paul Omer the Soroti City East Division Mayor said that, "We are deeply appreciative of the tireless efforts of Teso journalists in promoting tree planting and environmental conservation. Their advocacy has been instrumental in rallying support from communities and stakeholders alike."

"The journalists of Teso have been instrumental in inspiring youth participation in environmental conservation activities. Their advocacy has empowered young people to take ownership of environmental issues and become agents of positive change in their communities."

Simon Okiring, the Secretary for Works at Soroti City lauded the journalists for their proactive approach to addressing pressing environmental challenges and for their role in fostering a culture of environmental responsibility within the community.

He commended them for their tireless efforts in promoting environmental sustainability.

"The work being done by our journalists is truly commendable. By leading tree planting initiatives and raising awareness about the importance of preserving our natural resources, they are making a tangible difference in the fight against climate change," he remarked.

The Soroti City Environment Officer Francis Ediau also expressed gratitude to the journalists for their invaluable contributions to the region's environmental conservation efforts.

Ediau emphasized the importance of collaboration between media professionals and government agencies in addressing environmental challenges.

"The journalists of Teso have demonstrated remarkable leadership in driving forward the agenda of environmental conservation. We are grateful for their partnership and commitment to building a sustainable future for our region," he stated.

The tree planting initiatives spearheaded by the Teso journalists have garnered widespread support from both the public and private sectors.

Businesses, schools, community organizations, and individuals have all rallied behind the cause, contributing resources, manpower, and expertise to ensure the success of the campaigns.

The National Forestry Authority (NFA) hailed the journalists from the Teso region for their exemplary leadership in promoting tree planting initiatives.

Nasafi Abigaba the NFA Soroti Area boss commended the journalists for their dedication and commitment to preserving Uganda's natural resources.

She said the collaborative efforts between journalists and the NFA have resulted in the successful planting of over 10,000 trees, marking a significant milestone in the region's environmental conservation efforts.

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