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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Help Plant 365,000 Trees in 365 Days By Using the GCash App

The world is becoming hotter and hotter- that's a fact. Recently, we experienced water shortage in the metro and the nearby provinces. Climate change is real. 

Studies show that we can combat global warming by planting trees, like trillions of trees or more. It's the cheapest climate change solution and the most effective, says Thomas Crowther, a climate change ecologist in Zurich. 

We learned from our elementary Science that trees take carbon dioxide out of the air. Imagine if we are surrounded by trillions of trees then these can suck more heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

I was recently in Zambales for a different kind of adventure- we joined an Aeta community and planted seedlings. In less than an hour, we were able to plant over 600. But what if more people joined and support this worthy activity? I know not all of us can go on a trip to be able to plant trees, but yes, we can now do our share. Filipinos who want to contribute to environmental preservation can now conveniently use an innovative mobile phone app to help plant trees and increase the Philippines’ forest cover. 

Recently, leading mobile wallet, GCash, introduced an exciting ”green” feature on the app called GCash Forest, which lets subscribers plant virtual trees that will have real-Iife counterparts. By the end of 365 days, GCash Forest aims to plant 365 thousand trees with the help of GCash subscribers.

GCash Forest is about making it easier, more convenient, and even rewarding for everyone to take care of our environment for the benefit of future generations. GCash is no longer just providing an excellent platform for accessible financial products and services but also enabling Filipinos to be more active in responding to real-life issues, such as climate change mitigation through reforestation.| Mynt CEO Anthony Thomas.
To implement its tree-planting initiatives, GCash Forest partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). The DENR will provide land resources in lpo Watershed, an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system supplying 98 percent of Metro Manila's water. WWF will be providing trees and manpower while BIOFIN will provide expertise on monitoring.


To plant trees through GCash Forest, GCash users need to collect ”green energy" by frequently using the app. Users who get enough green energy can choose which species of trees they want to plant in a selected area at the lpo watershed. Once the trees are physically planted, users get to receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number, fun facts and updates on the growth of their trees on their GCash apps.

Make a pledge to plant one tree at a time. Click HERE to know more. 


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