Philippines has over 12 million students graduating from elementary school, nearly five million students graduating from high school, and almost 500,000 graduating from college.
A lack of forest cover plays havoc with the climate and increases the risk of floods and landslides to a large extent. Illegal logging is also a major problem faced in the Philippines.
Philippines has passed a landmark new law which requires all high school and college students to plant at least 10 trees if they want to graduate school or college. This Filipino law which could enable 175 million new trees to be planted each year and 525 billion trees in one generation is just the kind the world needs as it is only beginning to recognise and combat climate change.Thus each year, at least 175 million trees would be planted if the new Filipino law is implemented properly.Gary Alejano, a representative of the The Philippines’ Magdalo Party, was the principal author of this legislation.
The Philippines government also said that the chosen plant species should be appropriate for each location, topography and the climate of the area. Moreover, indigenous plant species will be preferred.Even though the entire world is suffering from climate crisis a major part of which is human propagated, the Philippines is one of the countries which is severely deforested. The total forest cover in the country dropped from a healthy 70% to as low as 20% in just the 20th century.