TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Mindanao will try to break the Guinness world record for most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations today, September 26, 2014. This is a world record-breaking attempt that will mobilize 185,440 people who will give a shot at planting 4,636,000 trees at various sites covering a total area of 9,200 hectares within the island-region within an hour.

Pep Talk just got wind about this environmental news from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) website (read story below) yesterday and is encouraging the people who committed not to miss this noble project.

“Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has urged the people of Mindanao to throw their full support behind the region’s bid to break a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted simultaneously in various locations. Dubbed “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW,” the massive tree planting activity slated on September 26, 2014, seeks to plant in one hour some 4.6 million trees in 9,200 hectares in various parts of Mindanao.

Paje said more than breaking the world record, the initiative serves as an opportunity for Mindanao residents to take part in a larger effort to reforest the region, which has been suffering from serious deforestation during the last decades. “We are urging Mindanao residents to turn out in full force, and actively participate in tree planting as this is in support of the National Greening Program of the government,” the environment chief said. “It would be a great achievement to break the Guinness record, but the primary focus is to reforest a large portion of the region to restore the integrity of the environment and enhance our efforts against the negative impacts of climate change,” he added.

The “TreeVolution” is organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The simultaneous tree-planting activity will take place on September 26 in designated areas in Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, the Caraga and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, mobilizing an estimated 230,000 planters from various sectors of society. The current record for the said category was set by India in 2011 with a record of over 1.9 million trees planted by 340,200 participants in 408 locations. (Jessica Estrella).

Here’s a hastag sharing that I like from Avon Sinajon of Davao City. She wrote : “Common people perceive #TreeVolution based on two facts: (1) It is about tree planting (2) It is about GUINNESS. While it is true that the initiative's popularity is made possible due to its "world record" factor, I am still very hopeful that someday, someday...

MINDANAWONS WILL STAND IN SOLIDARITY IN THE NAME OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE WITHOUT THE NEED TO BREAK A WORLD RECORD. THE TRUTH BEHIND IS:breaking the record doesn't matter. Record won't make this world a liveable place, anyway. Forget about that. The real thing is to beat CLIMATE CHANGE.. in light of our collective efforts through reforestation. If we want to sustain the green word, then it must be the guiding principle we have to bear mind.”

Leviticus 25:23-24 – “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.”

By: Dante Corteza