By FC. Robert M.J. Kintu, CP. PHF.
The writer is the Fleet Commodore of the Rotary Mariners of East Africa- Uganda Fleet, also a Past Centennial President of Rotary Club of Kampala. CEO of FIT Insights Ltd/ Chairperson of Maali Financial Corporation. Classification Business Consultant – Idea Motivator
The Rotary Mariners of East Africa – Uganda Fleet are members of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians, with membership of 70% Rotarians and 30% Non-Rotarians; that come together for fellowship, fun and to promote social and economic humanity concerns; while creating awareness of matters relating to water bodies and associated activities.
Took an opportunity on 11th March 2021, to announce their partnership with the “FLIPLOPI SAILING EXPEDITION” an African Project initiative promoting the recycling of plastics with purpose. Fliplopi Sailing dhow was made of 8 tons fully recycled Plastics that was collected from the Indian ocean around the coasts of Lamu Island in Kenya. As a way of promoting awareness and education of the public of important of plastic free waters’ the promoters sailed around the shores of Lake Victoria, meeting a number of local and international NGOs, government agencies mandated to protect the waters and environment. The sailing event sort to drive a vital message up stream to end unnecessary single-use of plastic that are threatening the region.
Most of the plastics that we use, are dumped on the roadside, bins and other waste areas end up in the channels and then driven by the rains to the freshwater lakes and rivers.
As part of the Mission as Mariners, this year we call upon fellow Rotarians and friend of the earth to join us driving the message of Plastic Free Waters’ be part of the campaign promoted by the International yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) sponsors the conservation of nature through a campaign that is aimed at clearing and freeing our water bodies of plastics and other non-decomposing materials.
This activity exceeds our fellowship main mission but appeals to us as citizens and people of good will to collaborate as Citizens of this country Uganda, Cultural Institutional hosting the Water bodies, Rotarians, Mariners, Central and Local governments, Corporate companies, Manufacturers and Consumers be involved in any activity that protects the environment, like cleaning the beaches, planting trees, policy enforcement, community policing, and desiring beauty in nature we have. This is a five-year project that involves education, awareness and action for the users of the bodies, industries, beach goers and property owners to take some calculated steps.
In support of this campaign we request the fellow Rotarians and other interested and concerned parties to action by
- To promote circular solutions and call for an end to single-use plastic in the region
- to encourage cross-border collaboration in the region to address climate change and plastic pollution.
- To collaborate with government, both local, central and regional in ensuring water and environment security for socio-economic transformation of Uganda”, with a focus on concrete solutions to the world’s greatest water and environment related challenges, starting with the climate crisis and including rising water levels, water scarcity, food security, health, biodiversity, and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- To protect Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake that is said to be ‘dying’, facing a myriad of environmental and social problems that could impact the 40 million people living in the region
- Protect and restore land, coastal, marine, and freshwater resources
- Enhance the capacity of communities to manage and conserve natural resources
- Support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture practices
- Address the cause of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Strengthen ecosystems and communities that are affected by climate change
- Support education to promote behaviors that protect the environment
- Advocate for sustainable consumption to build an economy that uses resources more efficiently
- Address environmental justice issues and public health concerns
We think that you as an individual can be a pivot of change, by managing your wastes and also working with the industries to have responsive production that have complete solutions for plastics containers used in the packaging.
As Rotary clubs you can work in their areas of presence to promote/ fund the following activities: –
- The cleaning of Beaches on Saturdays at 3.00 pm for 30 minutes all present.
- Promote tree planting by the all school going children 2 times a year; that every child should have planted and natured 40 trees by the time of their graduation day.
- Advocate for a monthly general cleanup day at national or regional level or city level.
As the Rotary Mariners appreciate the collaboration and efforts of different agencies, cultural bodies, institutions and governments for the recognition of this need:
- The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Transport, National Forest Authority, NEMA, Ministry of Tourism
- Buganda Kingdom, though the office of the Queen of Buganda and the Busoga Kingdom to mention but a few.
- Conservation organizations: Flipflopi Project, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The European Union, UNEP Clean Seas Campaign, UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, French Development Agency (AFD)
- Rotary International and International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians
- And the Supportive private companies, corporate bodies and associations that have embrace this initiative.
This is our concern and our problem.
We welcome any ideas that will make this campaign effective and meaningful to our beloved Country Uganda.
THROUGH ROTARY LET US CONNECT THE WORLD IN ACTION.
Yours in Service above Self
RTN. ROBERT M. KINTU CP. PHF
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel.0752 460 354
Rotary Mariners of East Africa – Ugandan Fleet