UPDF Troops Plant Trees in Somalia to Commemorate World Environment Day.

Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) troopers including senior and junior officers serving under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) on Sunday engaged in tree planting to commemorate World Environment Day.

Basing on this year’s theme “Only One Earth,” Deputy Commander ATMIS Sector One, Col David Opeero who presided over the activities urged the soldiers to take good care of the earth since there is no alternative place to live in.

Opeero further recoursed everybody to carry the awareness message on the need to protect the environment.

“We have to sensitize the public and the communities we live in about the dangers of environmental degradation by projecting ourselves as responsible citizens on the tasks of environmental protection.” he said.

The Contingent Administrative Officer (CAO) Sector One, Col Emmanuel Odongo noted that the degraded environment has caused a lot of negative changes and called upon stakeholders involved in the social economic transformation of Somalia to continue with their agenda to avoid the degradation of the past achievements.

The commemoration function started with cleaning the shores of the Indian Ocean by officers and men under Sector One the previous day, where garbage and waste mostly plastics and polythene materials were collected before planting about 200 trees on Sunday.

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