Adam Corner

About Hidden Heat: Climate change in Uganda

The climate is changing in Uganda,  exacerbating the social, political and environmental threats that the nation already faces.

But climate change is a hidden heat – a creeping danger that blends all too easily into existing problems.  This makes communicating about the risks of climate change in Uganda a major challenge.

This blog documents Ugandan perspectives on communicating the risks of climate change in a country where a changing climate is already a stark reality.

  1. Is there an easier way to explain climate change, to the bodaboda guy or to the lady that sells food in the market and to people who don’t have access to internet?

    • Hi tamba,

      Translating climate change into something that makes sense to ordinary people is a challenge in every country – in Uganda, the people I have been interviewing are telling me that talking about trees is a good way of getting the message of climate change through. But of course encouraging people to plant trees, and not chop down the ones they have is only part of the story. I think people instinctively understand that the climate is changing in Uganda though – they can see it in the unpredictability of the rains, and the longer dry spells…

  2. Hello, We are trying to sensitize the public regarding the harmful effects of over exposure to UVR(the sun) and how to portect infants and youg children.Uganda is on the equator and the UV Index is above 12+ most of the time.The infants and young children are exposed to 100% of UVR and receive maxium damage to the brain, eyes, skin and immune system.The African child is forced to shave off all hair,causing maxium brain damage,due to excessive heat and UVR.God did not make a mistake when he gave Africans wooly hair and dark skin It was for protection.!They say it is a school rule but that is not ture,because all students do have to comply?ONLY the African students are forced to shave their heads?girls included! Climate change is here to stay,so they need their hair!! a sunhat, sunglasses and long sleeves while out in the sun.If we don’t protect this group and impact the next generation,well…. who going to be in charge in Ugnada??

  3. A couple of months ago, the heat in Uganda has been unbearable due to the prolonged dry season. During the same time I took a visit to our rural home, about 150 kms east of Kampala and conditions were not any better. While sharing a chat with our elderly neighbor seated by her semi-permanent house, one would feel like locked in an oven because of the blazing heat. Soon we discussed the consequences. The key message in an hour long discussion was my proposition that she plants a tree of her choice in the compound (for fruit, timber, fire wood or just to give shade). That she should also consider doing the same in her land, though small, the suggestion was to use boundaries for the purpose. Others should do likewise. Her answer was, she is about to die, so there is no need to do so. Her grandchildren will do that, for they have many years to live. I did not blame her for the response. It only rekindled the general public attitude we all have on climate change and many other social /public issues; always expecting someone else to do it and the lack of personal responsibility. We all need collective effort to tackle climate change and the best way is to involve our children to appreciate the positive strategies as they grow. We all know that political will is essential but remains limited in operational terms.

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