We live in very difficult times where even the empirical work of scientist can be discredited for political points. Yet as politicians bicker, the climate and ecological crisis we have created only deepens.
As Ugandans, it is especially painful because we know for a fact that in our traditional systems, life was lived in near perfect harmony with the environment. But the onslaught of eugenics based commerce and colonisation destroyed this harmonious set up that had been developed by our forefathers for centuries. This destruction of environmentally friendly traditional systems is still on going today and we Ugandans are guilty of perpetuating a cutthroat profit focused system of economic model.
Forest cover in Uganda has reduced significantly and biodiversity has been decimated. One can argue that Uganda was a national park with wildlife roaming free and abundantly even in cities like Kampala. But all that is left in urban areas today is birds. Poaching is rife in parks like Queen Elizabeth and corruption undermines governments conservation efforts. Seasons were fairly predictable as one knew April – June and Sept – Nov where the rainy seasons. Nowadays, it is a fools errand trying to make sense of the seasons.
Ours is a call to Ugandans to return to old ways and a call to all our guests from all over the world to help raise awareness, and add their efforts to building a conservation based economy. We hope we can relearn ancient ways of sustenance that buttressed conservation in all aspects of life. We hope to share these with visitors from all over the world. We are blessed to have an avenue through which we can invest in this. Our safaris provide an avenue for wildlife conservation awareness, forest conservation with focus on indigenous species, human wildlife conflict and wildlife habitat protection while at the same time creating sustainable avenues of crucial income for Ugandans the development of Uganda.
One of the biggest culprits in the world is the aviation industry which is not included in the Kyoto and the Paris accord. And yet flying is the easiest way you can get to East Africa. But we can mitigate our carbon footprints even as we go on safari. So you might ask what can I do? Well, here are some of the things you can evaluate as you book your safari vacation
- Look for airlines with lowest emission where possible
-Fly economy as it has less impact than flying first class
-If you are to fly go for trips with longer days
-Contact your senator/congress man/MP and ask for fair taxation on aviation fuel
-Ask your government for subsidies to fund research in alternative energy for aviation
What else can you do?
-Increase awareness on environmental issues that threaten wildlife using photography and articles on your safari
-Support conservation investments
-Actively demand changes to energy set up that subsidises fossil fuels. In addition demand your senator/MP to raise subsidies for alternative fuel research
-Support inclusive wildlife tourism that puts emphasis on benefiting locals that live in Africa and around national parks.