The new law accompanies existing traditions and if followed could see up to 175 million new trees planted each year in the country.

A new law has just been passed in the Philippines requiring all graduating students from elementary, high schools and colleges around the country to plant at least 10 trees before being allowed to graduate.

Mr Gary Alejano, a Magdalo party representative, introduced the new law, House Bill 8728 known as the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act.”

Mr Alejano explained in the bill’s explanatory note: “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. In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion can be planted under this initiative. Even with a survival rate of only 10 percent, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy, when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future.”

The trees will be planted in mangroves and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands according to CNN Philippines.

This new legislation will certainly contribute to the countries efforts in combating climate change and will raise increased awareness in the younger generations to continue additional green initiatives in the future after graduating.