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My Journey into Volunteering for Mother Earth

My journey into environmental advocacy began last year, in 2023, and has since become one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

Why everyone needs to do it and what they should know before joining.

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Growing up in an extended family taught me invaluable lessons, chief among them being that effecting change doesn’t hinge on wealth but rather on the commitment to utilise one’s resources and knowledge for the greater good. My journey into environmental advocacy began last year, in 2023, and has since become one of the most enriching experiences of my life. It sounds unbelievable, hehe.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Nyombi Morris, a dear friend and renowned Ugandan activist, whose influence propelled me to join the remarkable campaign against climate change. Through social media, Morris inspired me to lend my voice to this crucial cause, highlighting the importance of collective action in combating climate change, especially in my local city. 

Many people criticise social media for how bad it is, but for me, having access to various social media platforms has granted me access to a wealth of information on climate change, unveiling the stark lack of awareness within my community, where I have lived the rest of my life. Recognising the critical lack of awareness and the need for education and sensitisation, I embarked on a mission to disseminate knowledge. 

This has been done by gathering my neighbours every evening, and we discuss and tell stories I come across on the internet to make sure I foster engagement with them on climate change-related issues in our area. It has actually worked because today, together with my community and my mom, we are working on a permaculture project proposal, and everyone is excited to see how this will go as we look for some funders.

As part of the younger generation, we possess the energy and passion necessary to drive meaningful action. It is incumbent upon us to view climate change as an urgent concern and take proactive steps to address it.

The devastating impacts of climate change, including rising global temperatures, extreme weather events, and ecological disruptions, underscore the urgent need for real action. Our actions, no matter how small, reverberate across the planet, affecting the delicate balance of our ecosystems.

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Joining Earth Volunteers has been transformative. Through participation in activities such as market cleanups, online workshops on youth leadership, tree planting, especially the recent one on World Forest Day 2024, and so many others, this has helped me deepen my understanding of climate action volunteerism and its ramifications. 

Another particularly poignant experience was visiting an orphanage in Entebbe District where basic necessities were distributed together with Tenywa Samuel Earth volunteer financial director Solomon Anomet Ojay procurement leads and another volunteer who led the whole process, known as Nakazzi Elizabeth. It was nice witnessing the joy sparked by our modest contributions, however small they were. The kids were very happy, which reinforced the importance of collective efforts in addressing societal challenges.

As a new young climate activist and a volunteer, I’ve encountered obstacles, especially in times where I need support in transportation to be part of certain activities and I am unable to do so. Also, I have the oldest gadget, my phone, sometimes blackouts when I am attending online sessions, and many others, but resilience remains my guiding principle. Believing in myself and persevering in the face of adversity are paramount. I urge others to join the cause and take the first step towards creating a better planet for future generations. This should not be an option, but a must for all of us. .

Ninsiima Nuliat’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of volunteering in climate action. It’s never too small or too late to take the first step. Join Earth Volunteers today and be a catalyst for environmental stewardship and sustainable driving in your city, your community, and your village. 

Nyombi Morris – Executive Director, Earth Volunteers

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