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”The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open” Dixon Bahandagira.
Climate change is something you can no longer deny or hide from. It is not an isolated problem for Africa, Arctic or Europe. Climate change will sertainly affect all humans from now on, and it is up to all of us to reduce the effects. But when financial resourses and leadership is virtually non-existent, the impact from natural disasters becomes extremely severe. As my friend Dixon Bahandagira experienced reccuring and increasingly severe floods in Uganda, he decided in 2019 to become an activist. He is now a coordinator for both Greenpeace Africa and Fridays For Future Uganda, a mission that sometimes can be dangerous. For exampel the activists organize strikes and trips to protect the existing forests.
But Dixon is a true visionary who refuse to be silent. He really wants to make a difference for the climate and his people. And he wants to make things happen. Since November 2019 he has been working on the project to plant 1 million trees. The territory is very fertile and plants are growing fast. Dixon has notised that many of his plants has grown more than 2 meters in one year. Trees are absorbing carbon dioxide which is necessary to slow down climate change. Uganda also has big problems with deforestation which makes this project even more urgent.
Dixon and his team has already planted and distributed more than 375 000 trees since November 2019. He is planting together with people at schools, hospitals, churches and the society while creating awareness. For only 10$ Dixon can plant 30 trees. But it takes a lot of time and effort to buy tree seedlings and transport them. He is a determined man, and his vision is to plant 1 million trees. But biodiversity and protection of the plants is also very important. He use more than 10 species while planting and the local people is responsible to protect and take care of the plants until they are old enough.
When he is not planting or working with activism he is an ambiscious student. He studies Economy, Environmental science and Chinese, and masters no less than 7 languages!
If you decide to donate to Dixons project, I can ensure you that he will use it well. He will do everything in his power to reach his target and to create a better environment for his people. An environment which is habitable and healthy now and for the next generation.
Kiko primary school 25th of NovemberUpdate posted by Johanna Ponten at 04:23 pm
While returning home from Cop27 Dixon was full of enthusiasm to continue his planting project. Yesterday they planted 300 trees and distributed 2000 plants (fruits tees, misizi and grivilea). And there are more plans ahead, but he is soon running out of funds so KEEP SUPPORTING!
Dixon at Cop27Update posted by Johanna Ponten at 08:09 pm
Since Dixon had the opportunity to recieve a badge at Cop27 in Egypt he has been at the conference since 8 th of November participating in different sessions, interviews and protests as an activist. Dixon:âWe are here to demand for the loss and damage finance. We want our leaders to
Evaluation of plantingUpdate posted by Johanna Ponten at 03:27 pm
Since Dixons planting project has been running in almost 3 years they start to see some results. These photos are showing some plants with different ages where the tallest are 2 years old.
Climate justice campUpdate posted by Johanna Ponten at 08:28 am
The 26-30 of September 2022 Dixon Bahandagira participated in a climate justice camp in Nabuel, Tunisia. Over 400 activists around the globe participated to learn more about how to organize campaigns and what is required to transform the community for exampel. ”We had several life changing sessions, he said.
School number 35Update posted by Johanna Ponten at 06:43 am
The 20th of September the team continued to Karangura seed secondary school. They planted 200 trees and gave out 2000 plants to students. This was school number 35 since the project started
School number 34Update posted by Johanna Ponten at 09:23 pm
Tuesday the 13th of September the team visited Victorious junior and primary school in Kabarole district. They planted 200 trees and supplied 3000 plants to pupils and teachers. It was all fruit trees like Misizi, Mango, Apple, Orange and Guava.Thankyou so much for all donations to the project, big or
Kazingo SDA primary schoolUpdate posted by Johanna Ponten at 05:43 pm
Despite a damaged knee Dixon continued his projected by visiting Kazingo SDA primary school the 9th of September. They planted 120 trees with the pupils and supplied 2000 plants.
Summary for July 2022Update posted by Johanna Ponten at 09:28 pm
In July Dixon has been truly actively working with his project, so we decided to put everything together in a summary. This month Dixon managed to work on 9 schools and 4 communities in Kasese and Bundibugyo, the most affected areas in Uganda. They used a total of 90,000 trees. . . . .
School number 31Update posted by Johanna Ponten at 06:43 pm
This week Dixon visited Rift Valley secondary school, Kasese district, together with his team. They planted 200 trees and supplied 3000 trees to students and teachers. Many schools are asking for him and the project in truly successful right now. Dixon is also working on a plan to evaluate the