“Trees That Bind” Goes to Luntiang Republika Ecofarms

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Luntiang Republika Ecofarms in Alfonso Cavite is honored to have hosted the first general assembly of “Trees That Bind” (TTB) on July 15, 2018. On the same date, members of TTB planted several native trees including Molave, Kamagong, Libas, Banaba, Katmon and Narra. The onset of the rainy season was a perfect opportunity to plant them in the field.

“Trees That Bind” is a recently established NGO composed of people across generations of baby boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Among them are environmentalists, development workers and tree lovers.

It aims to help make Philippine towns and cities green and livable through native trees planting, care, and conservation; and develop and instill among Filipinos the love and care for native trees.

Their programs include the establishment of nurseries; growing and maintaining urban trees/forests; education and training; research and publication; and advocacy.

The group wants to push for green towns and cities which in their minds should have the elements of green architecture, green transportation system, reduced waste and proper waste management, green/renewable energy, green infrastructure and green oxygen-producing areas. Trees must likewise be considered as part of infrastructure as important as buildings.  Ideally, cities should have 40% tree coverage as trees undoubtedly beautify the surroundings of towns and cities plus they also clean and detoxify the air. Not to mentions the cooling effect they bring. Studies have shown that they cool cities by an average of 2-8˚C and when planted near buildings trees can cut air conditioning use by as much as 30 percent.

Trees save water as shades from trees slows water evaporation. These trees also contribute to people’s physical and mental health by reducing mental fatigue and stress on top of cleaning the air and releasing more oxygen. Trees also provide habitat, food and protection to plants and animals.

Judging from their show of enthusiasm, they are indeed bent on pursuing their dream of transforming Philippine towns and cities into beautiful, green, and livable spaces.

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