Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond is a project for the environment driven by the Lasallian Family through the Lasallian Institute for the Environment (LIFE). It is a SEC- registered organization focused on the environment.
Are we good stewards of God’s creation? LIFE seeks to fulfill our roles as responsible stewards, aim to educate children and others in Natural Resources Management (NRM). The aim is to help them not only to love and appreciate the environment, but also to understand and take care of it as well. LIFE strives to provide education with values formation.
There is a strong education component especially for the youth in One Million Trees project as expressed in actual and sustained participation in planting and nurturing activities.
In pursuing Environmental Education, LIFE utilized both formal and experiential learning approaches with the goal of instilling values that lead to changes in behavior especially for the youth and its partner communities. LIFE believes that it is through education that people may respond more concretely to the call of being better stewards of God’s Creation.
Apart from the Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond, LIFE undertakes other projects:
- Eco – Camp
The Eco-Camp is an annual event which gathers students, faculty, and staff of various Lasallian Institutions and promotes education and awareness of different environmental concerns.
- Laguna Lake Watershed
LIFE has chosen a large and complex watershed which laguna de Bay in the center (surrounding 24 sub-basins officially designated by Laguna Lake Development Authority), the Pasig River, and the marine water where it discharges into the Manila Bay. This has provided LIFE and its partners a venue in reaching its overall goal of working with barangay committees and local government units in developing a Natural Resources Management plan for the watershed.
- Solid Waste Management
LIFE has successfully created and reinforced multi-sectoral sub-committees in various Lasallian schools in the Philippine District. This move further strengthened the respective school’s Campaigns for water segregation.
Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond!
The project aims to plant and nurture one million trees by the year 2011 as a response to the environmental challenges that the country faces today. Through a tree planting participated by over 400 volunteers, the project was launched on September, 2006 at the Mt. Palay-palay National Park, Maragondon, Cavite. Nurturing and maintenance is underscored to ensure that what has been planted will be protected and grow to maturity. Community partnership with people’s organization plays a vital role in this thrust.
Native trees, both indigenous and endemic, are planted to promote biodiversity, preserve endangered tree species and as matter of national pride.
Planting sites are located in Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao in uplands, urban areas, riversides and mangroves. The project is driven by the spirit of volunteerism. Funds to support the cost of seedlings, site preparation, handling, transportation, and other logistics are contributed by business and civic organizations, individuals and grants.