|pix c/o Fredd Ochavo (UPM). Tree Planting|
does work, you just have to believe ;)
1. Make it fun! Some people have little interest in ‘just planting a seedling’. Add another fun activity near the area such as island hopping, hiking to a nearby mountain, swimming in a clean river somewhere, etc. If you’re not the organizer and your friends are not too keen, add your own activity flavour after/before the planting for your group. In Alaminos, we added hundred islands tour and beacheneering as part of the mangrove rehab program.
|Volunteers crossing a Sapa (creek) in Ipo. |
Such experience made tree-planting more fun
2. Invite the kids. Your own kid, or nieces or nephews. They will love it. Most kids enjoy digging with a shovel (let them do that), or will enjoy nature (visit a ‘forest’ nearby, or river, etc.).
|PG, HP and friends participated in Mangrove|
tree-planting in Alaminos. we planted something
like 400 seedlings in 2hrs
|Tree-planting somewhere in Tanay (with P&G's Eko club and|
Indian Youth community)
5. Invite celebrities. Some potential participants are more easily lured if there’s a potential photo-op with someone they admire.
|Tree nurturing in IPO watershed with Eko |
Adventure club of P&G
|Nuvali tree-planting with Eko club|
For mountaineers – every hiking trip is a good opportunity to plant a tree. So next time, pass by a local tree nursery and bring one or 2 seedlings up the mountain. In no time, our mountain playgrounds will look better - lush and healthy.