Filipino students required to plant trees to graduate

A new law in the Philippines requires high school and college students to plant at least 10 trees each before they graduate.


The landmark law formalises the tradition of planting trees upon graduation and aims at tackling the climate crisis. If it goes as planned, the law could result in 525 billion trees being planted in one generation.

“With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly five million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year,” said Philippines’ Magdalo Party representative Gary Alejano,  the principal author of the legislation.

The trees will be apparently planted in mangroves, existing forests, some protected areas, military ranges, abandoned mining sites and selected urban areas.

It is hoped that this initiative will bring more awareness about the environment for future generation and lead to more ecological initiatives.

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