World Cross Country Ambassador, Tergat launches Greening Project
IAAF Cross Country Ambassador Paul Tergat has appealed to the youth to plant more trees as a means of saving the world from environmental depletion. He made the call at Kololo Independence Ground as he launched the IAAF Kampala World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 Greening project, which is one of the legacy programmes for the event aimed at having a greener world.
“We are in the world that is fast developing and thus more forests and trees are being depleted. What we would like to tell you is that planting a tree will help you keep the world greener and health. It will help remove the toxic air coming from the factories and our vehicles from the air we breathe,” said Tergat as he addressed students from the different Kampala schools that attended the launch at Kololo Independence Grounds. Venue for the March 26 World Cross Country Championships.
“We are also facing a dry spell because of this. Everyone wants a cool environment and the only way to get it is by planting more trees. I personally have more trees at my home and this makes my home look nice,” he said adding that people and cattle are dying in his home country because they do not have water, which has been brought about by the lack of enough trees.
He later handed over tree seedlings to students from 15 schools, who he advised to plant and nurture them.
“This is not a one-off. I will be coming back to Uganda to see how far this project is going on during the World Cross Country championships and its success depends on how we cater for the trees we have just got,” he said.
Host City Kampala director for Education Juliet Namuddu said that they want all schools to plant over 100,000 trees to commemorate Uganda’s hosting the global event, and have been joined by calls from the different education institutions.
“We want a green Uganda that will be able to sustain our children in the future,” said Namuddu.