Behind Uganda’s lush beauty, climate change is looming large. Dubbed “the Pearl of Africa” for its stunning nature, the country is struggling to deal with the prolonged dry seasons and more intense rainfalls that have become the new normal. According to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative Index 2021 report, Uganda is the 12th most vulnerable country in the world to climate change, and the 49th least prepared country to combat its effects. The livelihoods of the Ugandan population are threatened by climate variability and change, which is manifested in escalating droughts, floods, and variability in the seasons. The cattle corridor, which covers 40% of Uganda’s land, is prone to recurrent droughts and is one of the most affected areas in the country. 

Demographically Uganda is the world’s third youngest country, where young people struggle to make ends meet due to insufficient work opportunities. Young people are susceptible to climate disruption making them the most affected.

Addressing the climate crisis requires a collective approach, it needs everyone to get involved which is why we believe in working together to create solutions. We believe that by working together with fellow young people we will create an eco-friendly generation that understands that impact it has on our climate and the impact the climate has on them. We have great sense of responsibility to save the only planet we call home.

About us

Fridays for Future Uganda is part of the Fridays For Future movement fighting for climate justice. We are part of a hopeful new wave of change, inspiring millions of people to take action on the climate crisis.

We are mobilizing young people all over Uganda to join the fight for climate justice. We have so far reached 73 districts and still going. We have recruited at least 500,000 young people, held climate trainings. Organized climate protests. We are leading climate advocacy in the country. We believe another world without fossil fuels is possible. Together we are building a stronger a climate movement.


Why we care

Climate change is real and human activities are the main cause.

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere is directly linked to the average global temperature on Earth. The concentration has been rising steadily, and mean global temperatures along with it, since the time of the Industrial Revolution. Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change impacts under all climate scenarios above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Despite having contributed the least to global warming and having the lowest emissions, Africa faces exponential collateral damage, posing systemic risks to its economies, infrastructure investments, water and food systems, public health, agriculture, and livelihoods, threatening to undo its modest development gains and slip into higher levels of extreme poverty.

Africa is suffering climate change’s most destructive effects. Yet, the continent produces less than 4% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Central to averting climate disaster is the need for immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Climate change is a youth issue because most countries in which the youth population accounts for a sizeable share of the total population also depend heavily on agriculture – a sector that is highly exposed to climate change.Uganda has one of the youngest population in the world, with 77% of its population being under 25 years of age.