Billion Trees Project #Philippines
The Youth and Student for Peace Philippines at Misamis Occidental organized a Tree Planting Project, Billion Trees Project, with a theme, “Billion Trees Restoring the Earth” together with: the City ENRO Oroquieta City, SAVE Society, Sangguniang Bayan, PNP Oroquieta, NGOs, and various youth organizations.
Taking place on March 20, 2021 from 6am – 11am in Sitio Konowanan, Toliyok, Oroquieta City, and Misamis Occidental, two thousand polapo indigenous tree seedlings were able to be planted.
Trees aid with the purification of the air people breathe. They absorb toxic toxins through their leaves and bark, and emit pure oxygen for that reason. This process also plays a crucial role in collecting rainwater and reducing the likelihood of natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. Trees’ 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 trees in their area; especially areas affected by landslide. Furthermore, the project hopes to further the mission of government involvement to protect, preserve and restore the forests.
This event supports Goal 13, Climate Action, of the Sustainable Development Goals as its action to alleviate the process of climate change and restore the Earth through tree planting.