NEBBI. Local leaders in Nebbi district have been called upon to encourage the communities to adopt alternative sources of energy if the district is to preserve its environment.

The chief executive officer Joint Energy Environment Project (JEEP), Ms Ruth Kiwanuka made the urge while meeting district officials and civil society organizations on Tuesday at Nebbi district headquarters.

Kiwanuka said as leaders, they have the responsibility to mobilize and sensitize the community to start looking at alternative energy sources as options for cooking and lighting as a measure of mitigating climate change for a better future.

She noted that instead of the community relying completely on traditional methods of using local lamps and wood fuel, leaders should use their mandate to make the communities aware of alternative energy sources such as gas, biomass, solar and energy-saving stoves among others.

Ms Ruth Kiwanuka 23 10 19Ms Ruth Kiwanuka speaks during the meeting.

Mr Geoffrey Okello Anecho, the district vice chairperson said communities are still not taking the issue of climate change seriously which contributes to increasing deforestation.

“As leaders, we are going to do all it takes to ensure that the communities adopt the alternative sources of energy with schools and hospitals being entry points to start using the alternative sources of energy”, Anecho said.

Meanwhile the deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Ms Rachel Adyango Frances urged the leaders to mobilize communities to adopt the new energy technologies.

“As leaders, it’s high time we appealled to members of our society to change their mind set of using traditional methods of energy source which is becoming a threat to our environment and encouraged them to use modern technology because climate change is real”, Adyango said.