Billion Trees Project (Philippines)
The Youth and Student for Peace Philippines at Misamis Occidental organized a Tree Planting Project called Billion Trees Project with a theme titled Billion Trees Restoring the Earth together with the City ENRO Oroquieta City, the SAVE Society, the Sangguniang Bayan, the PNP Oroquieta, several NGOs’s, and various Youth Organizations.
It took place in Sitio Konowanan, Toliyok, Oroquieta City, and Misamis Occidental last March 20, 2021, from 6 to 11 in the morning. In that period, they were able to plant around 2,000 Polapo Indigenous Tree Seedlings.
Trees aid with the purification of the air people breathe. They trap toxic toxins from their leaves and bark and emit pure oxygen for that reason. It also plays a crucial role in collecting rainwater and reducing the likelihood of natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. Their complex root systems serve as filters, filtering contaminants and slowing the diffusion of water into the soil. A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.
This project aims to empower the youth to take responsibility by planting their tree in their area (especially that it was once a landslide area). It is also linked to further the mission of the government to protect, preserve and restore the forest.
This event supports Goal number 13 from the Sustainable Development Goals, which is Climate Action as its action to stop climate change as it aimed to restore the Earth through tree planting.