Students in the Philippines – elementary, high school and college – are now required to plant at least 10 trees each before they are eligible to graduate, under a new law.
The trees will be planted in forest lands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands.
The law has drawn upon the Filipino tradition of planting trees as a graduation formality. It also aims to encourage students to do their bit in combating global climate change.
Advocates for the new legislation say that as many as 525 billion trees could be planted in a single generation if the initiative is properly adhered to.
The Filipino government will ensure selected trees are suited to the location and climate, and indigenous saplings will be prioritised.
The government hopes the initiative will inspire future generations to be proactive in regards to the environment and combating deforestation, and hopes the law will encourage more ecological action.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com