(Metro News) Malabon congressional bats for more trees to reduce climate change

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

MANILA, April 19 – If elected as Malabon's congressional representative this coming May elections, Vice-Mayor Arnold Vicencio vowed to use all the resources available at his new office to plant more trees in an effort to stem the ill effects of climate change.

In line with this project, Vicencio said he would also ensure that all public schools in the city, numbering 60 overall, would have a designated spot where children and their mentors can plant trees, shrubs and other greenery, and is so doing reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being produced by Malabon and thus in some way offset the effects of climate change.

"If we can get 50 students and teachers per school to plant at least one tree or shrub, it means that there will be an additional 3,000 trees to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and transform it to oxygen," Vicencio stressed.

The Malabon congressional bet added his staff has already coordinated with the Bureau of Plant Industries and has already identified fast growing tree species which could be immediately distributed and replanted to interested individuals.

One of this trees is the mangrove which has proven very effective in stopping coastal inundation and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Aside from this, Vicencio said the mangroves’ unique root systems produce a quiet marine region for many marine organisms to breed on.

Vicencio also urged fishpond owners having these trees in their properties not to cut or destroy their unique plants as mangroves are already in the danger of extinction. (PNA)



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