According to one Philippine law introduced in recent times, every college and high school student needs to plant no less than ten trees before he or she can graduate.
In fact, the country has the tradition of planting trees right before graduation since long ago, but right now, the Philippine government formalized the new law, hoping to not just keep this tradition alive in the future, but also to combat climate change around the globe.
According to the ones that introduced the law, this new legislation may result in about 525 billion or more trees planted in only one generation, just if every student sticks to it too.
Gary Alejano, who is the representative of Magdalo Party, and the new legislation’s primary author, commented on this too. He said that with their twelve million students, who are graduating from the elementary schools, and almost five million from the high schools, together with 500,000 others graduating from the colleges each year, the initiative is implemented in the proper way, is going to ensure that about 175 million trees are planted on a yearly basis.
In only one generation, students can plant about 525 billion trees under this particular initiative. In fact, even if the survival rate is just 10%, this is going to mean that a number of 525 million new trees are going to be available for young people to enjoy them.
Moreover, these new trees are going to be planted in existing forests and mangroves, and even in protected areas, or military ranges selected and specific urban areas, and abandoned mining places.
One precise requirement is that the trees which are planted have to be suitable and appropriate for the location chosen, together with the topography and climate. Indigenous species are going to get preference too.
Numerous government agencies, like the departments of natural resources and environment, and also of education, are going to have the responsibility for the preparation of the sites and seedling, together with evaluation and monitoring, technical support, or some other different services.
Despite the immediate positive effects that the trees are going to have, like combating deforestation, absorbing carbon dioxide, the government of the Philippines hopes that this new initiative is going to help the future generations to understand the ecological and environmental problems in the near future.
The Philippines, which is a country in Southeast Asia, is probably among the most heavily deforested countries in the world. Somewhere in the 20th century, the total forest area of the country dropped from about 70% to only 20%. Illegal logging still represents a huge problem in this Asian country, with the lack of trees also increasing landslides, and lack of foods, according to various sources.
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