In order to give young citizens a chance to do something about climate change, a new law in the Philippines called the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act” requires students to plant ten trees in order to graduate from school. The law came into effect on May 15, 2019.
The law applies to graduates from elementary and high schools, and college or university.
Congressman Gary Alejano, who introduced the bill, said, “While we recognize the right of the youth to a balanced and healthy ecology… there is no reason why they cannot be made to contribute in order to ensure that this will be an actual reality.”
With 12 million kids graduating from elementary school, 5 million from high school, and 500 thousand from university every year, that means 175 million trees will be planted annually. Over the course of a generation, that will mean 525 billion trees, although Alejano has said that even if only 10 percent of the trees survived, that’s still an impressive 525 million in a generation.