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This Philippines Bill Requires a Student to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate

by | June 1, 2019

What will education achieve if humankind fails to salvage the ailing planet? Well, putting the motives of being educated into best possible use, a bill in the Philippines called the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act,” makes it mandatory for graduating students to plant at least 10 trees if they want to graduate. Have you heard of any such laws before? Keep reading to know more about the bill that requires a student to plant 10 trees to graduate.

This Philippines Bill Requires a Student to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate
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This Philippines Bill Requires a Student to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate

The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education will be implementing the new law along with other concerned departments. According to CNN’s Philippines outlet, the bill requires all high school and college students to plant a least of 10 trees before they can graduate. “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act,” as the bill is dubbed, is a step towards fighting climate-change by harnessing greenery.

If the proponents of the law are to be believed, as much as 252 billion trees can potentially show up within a generation. The Principal Author of the wonderful new legislation- Gary Alejano who is a Magdalo Party representative noted– as much as 175 million new trees could be planted each year by 12 million graduates from elementary schools, 5 million graduates from high-schools and 500,000 graduates from college. He further stated-

“In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion can be planted under this initiative.

“Even with a survival rate of only 10 percent, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future.”

Gary Alejano via cnnphilippines.com
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This Philippines Bill Requires a Student to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate

According to reports, the government seeks to plant the trees in a carefully selected manner. For instance, the choice of the species of tree to be planted at a particular location should be in sync with the topography, climate, and location, with a preference for indigenous species, CNN Philippines reports. The sites would apparently be urban areas, abandoned mining areas, military ranges, and existing forests among other suitable locations.

Departments like that of Environmental and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform among others will be reportedly responsible for the implementation of the law, that’d include seedling production, nursery establishments, technical support, monitoring and evaluating among other needful supports.

Towards Healing?

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The Philippines is among the most severely deforested nations in the world. Illegal logging has taken some serious toll on the environmental balance of the nation. According to news outlet Independent, during the 20th Century, the Philippines have suffered a deep drop from 70 percent total forest covers to an alarmingly low 20 percent. Indeed the bill comes as a savior and we hope more such initiatives to show-up across the globe.

Such a measure will not only involve the youth in a responsible pursuit, nonetheless, it would also at the same time, invoke awareness on the burning issues of today- climate change. What do you think about the law to plant 10 trees to graduate? Don’t you think more of such laws should exist? Let me know your thoughts in comments.

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Debayan Paul

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