The Philippines has enacted a new law requiring all high schools and college students to plant at least 10 trees before they can graduate. At the same time, the new law regularizes the local traditional custom of planting trees after graduation, hoping to affect global climate change. Such a move is actually very feasible!
According to the independent on the 28th, Gary alejano, the main drafter of the law and representative of the madalo Party of the right-wing party in the Philippines, said: "more than 12 million people (Philippines) graduate from primary school, nearly 5 million graduate from high school and almost 500000 graduate from university every year. If the new law is properly implemented, at least 175 million new trees can be planted every year."
"Through this initiative, no less than 525 billion trees will be planted in one generation. Even if the survival rate is only 10%, it means that in the future, when it is their turn to assume leadership responsibilities, there will be an additional 502500 trees for future generations. "
According to CNN Philippines, the new trees are likely to be planted in mangroves, existing woodlands, some protected areas, military land, abandoned mines and selected metropolitan areas.
Mangrove refers to the woody biological community of tidal flat wetland composed of evergreen shrubs or trees with mangrove plants as the main body, which grows in the upper intertidal zone of tropical and subtropical low-energy coast and is flooded by periodic tide.
The Philippine government said that the tree species selected for planting should be suitable for the climate and terrain of the planting area, and prefer native varieties.
In addition to the immediate impact of absorbing carbon dioxide, the Philippine authorities also hope that the new law will help raise the environmental awareness of future generations and promote more ecological initiatives. It is reported that the Philippine Ministry of education and the Higher Education Commission will jointly ensure the implementation of the new law.
It is understood that the Philippines is one of the countries with the most serious deforestation in the world, and the forest coverage rate fell from 70% to only 20% in the 20th century. Illegal logging remains a major problem in the Philippines, and the lack of trees in some areas exacerbates the risk and impact of floods and landslides.