Petition to start Mangrove Tree Planting Activity - " The Greener, The Healthier"

Petition to start Mangrove Tree Planting Activity - " The Greener, The Healthier"

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Kyla Marie Pagaling started this petition to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and

Mangrove forests are one of the most severely threatened and undervalued ecosystems on Earth. They actually provide a wide variety of ecosystem services. For many coastal communities, mangrove ecosystems provide livelihoods, essential sources of protein and coastal protection. Compelling evidence suggests that mangroves play an important role in climate stabilization, possessing a carbon storage and it is considered to be greater than that of tropical forests. For instance in the Philippines, the super-typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) has highlighted the vital role mangroves play as nature’s bioshields for vulnerable coastal communities. 

Nowadays, mangroves are being cleared at an alarming rate and there are numerous threats to these forests, including; land development, pollution, deforestation and climate change. One of the major reasons for the loss of mangroves has been to establish fishponds for aquaculture. It has been estimated that since 1980 between 20 and 35% of global mangroves have been lost, with current losses around 1% per year. The last IUCN assessment highlighted that more than one in six mangrove species are currently under threat of extinction. 

Loma.Rona.2019.Rehabilitating Mangroves in the Philippines. Retrieved from:

This is one of the major environmental problems in the Philippines that we experience yet it is not taken seriously and not given much attention. The government cannot solve this problem without the help of local citizens and LGU's. According to a fisherman, "If there are no mangrove forests, then the sea will have no meaning. It is like having a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea." If such problem still exist in the near future consequences may occur such as:

  • The loss of mangroves contributes to nearly one-fifth of global emissions from deforestation.
  • It affects climate change - it indicates that the effects of climate change could result in a loss of a further 10 - 15 percent of mangroves.
  • Increases soil erosion.
  • Loss of habitat for some animals.
  • When they are destroyed, the stronger-than-normal waves and currents can reach the coast affecting lives of many people.
  • Extinction of mangrove species.
  • Increase in pollution.

This petition focuses on a philosophical view about social ecology. It is the relationship between people and their environment, often the interdependence of both entities. The behavior of each are reliant to one another. If we change human society then our relationship with the rest of nature will become transformed. The ecological damage done by our society is more than matched by the harm it inflicts on humanity. Social ecology emphasizes that the destiny of human life goes hand-in-hand with the destiny of the non-human world. One single move of each, can affect both the human and its environment. If no one voluntarily takes action to solve the problem with mangroves, both citizens and the environment are affected.

If this petition will push through, here are the merits or benefits that will be applied:

  • Home to many species

  • Food for the multitudes

  • It maintains water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.

  • Provides a stable coastline from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods.

  • Provides shelter from the storm because it provides a buffer zone that protects the land from wind and wave damage.

  • It helps fight climate change.

  • Resources for humans because mangrove forests provide many of the resources upon which coastal people depend for their survival and livelihood. At low tide, people can walk across the tidal flats to collect clams, shellfish, and shrimp. At high tide, fish move in to feed among the protection of mangrove roots, turning the marshy land into rich fishing grounds. The mangrove trees themselves provide fuel, medicines, tannins, and wood for building houses and boats.

The citizens or rather the government shall propose a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to conduct a mangrove tree planting activity that will take action every month. First, there will be a short briefing on the proper ways of planting mangroves per participants along the shorelines and its' importance to nature. Lastly, voluntary planting shall begin and mangroves will soon serve as a significant breeding ground for fish and other marine life, and provide protection for the storm surges and typhoons in coastal areas.

I am encouraging each and everyone of us to continue to make implementations that leads to good will wherein it benefits both humans and its' environment because no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Every little thing we do makes a huge significant difference and impact that can change the world if you care enough. But to change the world, you have to change yourself first. 

Mangroves are not just trees but they can manage to survive in challenging conditions in order to support and give life to our ecosystems that give benefits to both humans and animals.


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