Everything in the garden was lovely until man arrived.
Increased flooding of the Semliki river in recent years has led to major shifts in its course. It is just one example of the way changes in the local weather patterns are affecting people in the region: with the changed seasons, farmers no longer know when to plant and harvest; diseases such as malaria are spreading into new areas;...
John Magrath, a climate change researcher with Oxfam, believes the plight of people such as Mwesige shows how vulnerable much of the population in the region is to any change in the climate. "For generations, they have relied on fairly set weather patterns and an environment that has served them well, but now they are undergoing great change and heightened risks to their health, security and welfare."
International action on climate change has so far been characterised by a "pathetic lack of urgency", he says, and governments must make amends for failing to reach a substantive deal at Copenhagen. "The longer the inaction, the harder it is for people like those in Uganda to begin to protect themselves from its effects."
When I was young every summer was sunny, every Christmas snowy, never to hot, never too cold, and it only rained at night when I was tucked up in bed.
Or am I like Oxfam's Climate Change expert talking bollocks?
Is there the slightest evidence that there has been a change in the climate in Uganda, or is it just weather and changes in land use?
Back in 1908 the British Parliament was worried about the cause and solution of Famine in Uganda:
17 December 1908 vol 198 cc2089-90 2089
MR. CORRIE GRANT (Warwickshire, Rugby) To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the recent famine in Uganda was largely due to the destruction of the native food crops by great herds of fierce wild pigs; whether the native hunters failed to keep them down; and whether, therefore, he will accept for this purpose the assistance (if it is offered) of English, Colonial, or American hunters.
(Answered by Colonel Seely.) It seems probable that the famine was rather aggravated than caused by the wild pigs to which my hon. friend refers. The inability of the native hunters to cope with them was partly due to their enfeebled condition resulting from the famine, partly to the length of the grass at that season. The Governor reported on 19th September that he was organising a crusade against these animals, and no doubt he will avail himself of the assistance of any competent persons who may offer their services.
Now that is an appeal that I could help with.