Students contribute to the hunt for safe environment

By Samuel Tatambuka
What does decomposing food look like to the environment?
This was the question Uganda Christian University (UCU)engineering students answered during the recently concluded Earth Hour Challenge, where they emerged third among other competing universities.

Mercy Atukunda, one of the exhibitors, revealed that their project was about decomposing food. She said food decomposition comes with production of methane, which is over twenty eight times more potent than carbon dioxide yet both of them are green house gases. Green house gases float in the atmosphere creating “a blanket” that keeps heat hence contributing to global warming.

“The practice is not only just reducing food waste, but also dealing with the waste in a friendly manner starting with its separation,” said Paul Arigye, an engineering student.

The acting Head of Department Engineering and Environment Dr. MiliaAgunyo said it is a moment of excitement for UCU because it performed well yet this is her maiden appearance in the contest.

Earth Hour is an annual event held every last Saturday of March. Agunyo added that on such a day, millions of people and thousands of businesses worldwide turn off lights and shut down most electrical appliances to celebrate sustainability and show their support for strategies that will help solve the problem of global warming.

Some of the participating students were; Mercy Sabiiti, Bagalya Steven, Kabanga Paul, Kamugisha Paul, LopiriaArvid Simon, Masajage Edward, Kaahwa Isaac, Cajo delight Salamula, AtikoroRacheal, Nakyeyune Josephine and Econi Kenneth Yikii.

The competition was organized by the World Wide Fund, an international non-governmental organization that aims at promoting greater awareness of global climate change and the impact humans have on the environment.

UCU competed against Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Kampala International University.

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