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Charcoal burning banned in Uganda

The burning of charcoal, an age-old practice in many African societies, is now restricted business across northern Uganda amid a wave of resentment by locals who have warned of the threat of climate change stemming from the uncontrolled felling of trees by outsiders. Not much has changed as charcoal producers skirt around the rules to keep the supply flowing and watchful vigilantes take matters into their own hands. Much of northern Uganda remains lush but sparsely populated and impoverished, attracting investors who desire the land mostly for its potential to sustain the charcoal business. And demand is assured: Charcoal accounts for up to 90% of Africa's primary energy consumption needs, according to a 2018 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Before the charcoal ban, local activists formed vigilante groups in districts such as Gulu, where a former lawmaker recently led an attack on a truck that was dispossessed of 380 bags of charcoal. The ban follows a climate change law, enacted in 2021, that empowers local authorities across the country to regulate activities deemed harmful to the environment. Trees suck in planet-warming carbon dioxide from the air, but burning charcoal emits the heat-trapping gas instead. Days after Museveni’s order, a team of Associated Press journalists walked into a charcoal-burning enclave in a remote part of Gulu, 335 kilometers (208 miles) from the Ugandan capital of Kampala. One local official, Patiko Sub-County Chairman Patrick Komakech, gave chase when he heard fleeing footsteps. A small patch of bamboo opened to an almost bare patch where trees were being cut, juicy stumps still fresh here and there. Komakech was agitated and on the verge of tears. Timber had been heaped like contraband ivory in different spots, and grey smoke rose from one pile being processed. Beside it stood loaded bags of charcoal. The charcoal makers slept in little tarp tents draped in dry leaves. https://news.mongabay.com/list/uganda

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  • Joyce Waturu

    52 w

    Turning away from reliance from charcoal now propagates an avenue to ensure a forest regrowth.That must have been a wise start.

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    • Videlis Eddie

      53 w

      This is amazing since it will reduce deforestation and help reduce pollution

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      • George Kariuki

        53 w

        This underscores the need for sustainable alternatives to meet energy needs while preserving forests.

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        • sherlne navutudu

          53 w

          wow thats good atleast there will be no more destruction to microbial activities

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          • Grace Njeri

            53 w

            Charcoal burning increases the severity of climate change by advancing global warming.

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            • Peter Kamau

              53 w

              Awesome!Could the Ugandan government be contemplating to halt EACOP too?How I wish since it's up to no good for Uganda and the planet at large either.

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              • Sarah Kimotho

                53 w

                Wonderful...this will reduce deforestation and also reduce carbon emissions that affects the ozone layer..

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                • Ajema Lydiah

                  53 w

                  A great initiative,if charcoal is banned there would be no deforestation as well try pollution from charcoal will reduce

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    53 w

                    This is great news

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                    • ance Star

                      53 w

                      That's the best step the government of Uganda has take...air pollution is redusef

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                      • rosebellendiritu

                        53 w

                        I like the directive because first, it will save our trees and on return this will increase forest cover

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                      • mercy nduta

                        53 w

                        Deforestation is a product of charcoal production which has significant impacts on the environment, especially with regard to increased erosion.

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                        • Timothy Ndegwa

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                          This is really nice to see community members on the fore-front to in calling out people orchestrating bad things to the environment. Kudos citizens of uganda and keep up the good work.

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                          • Elizabeth Gathigia

                            53 w

                            This is great news, this will reduce carbon emissions as well as deforestation

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                              • Tabitha Kimani

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                                One thing I love about Uganda is the strong government. With this order, there will surely be no cutting of trees.

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