“Yoga for Trees” Grows, Adding 43 to their Native Philippine Forest in Sierra Madres


9 September 2020, Laguna Quezon Land Grant, Siniloan, Laguna. Joyce Raboca’s Yoga for Forests campaign on YouTube and Facebook continue to gather yoga practitioners from around the world, who together added another 43 native Philippine secondary forest trees to the over 9,000 hectare Laguna Quezon Land Grant, a protected forest managed by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and local communities based in several villages in and around Siniloan, Laguna.

The Yogis offsetting their carbon footprints this August 2020 include: Jason Berg (US), Julienne Raboca (PH), Yurac Fiedler Trujillo (Peru) and Angelica Maranan (UK) who together sponsored the 43 trees by participating in online Yoga with Joyce Raboca – the founder of Yoga for Forests. A total of 23 Bani and 20 Malaruhat trees were planted in everyone’s name by the 10 community forest guards (see table below). Since the Yoga for Trees/Forests program was launched in June 2020, Joyce and her fellow 36 Yogis from around the world have sponsored a total of 270 trees, the equivalent of a mini-forest with trees that can capture up to 270 tonnes of carbon in their lifetime! Thank you Yogis for Trees!

UPLB was FEED’s first Living Legacy partner through which several of FEED’s Climate Change Action Programs were triggered, here focused on community-based reforestation and alternative livelihood development for barangays/villages in the area, through agro-forestry training, seedling collection and propagation, nursery establishment, tree-planting itself, maintenance and monitoring.

As with all FEED plantings sites, a minimum 85% survival of species planted are met, which typically requires regular and constant on the ground surveillance, site clearing and ring and de-weeding especially during the rainy seasons. Additionally, 25 permanent forest guards regularly patrol the area also for animal (e.g. carabao, horses, etc) and other interferences, to ensure the survival rates are reached.

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To create an awareness of the environment with each yogi recruited, and with that a whole forest planted by sponsorship from yogis.

All donations go directly to FEED for community-based reforestation efforts, either in mangrove forests of Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union or Sorsogon for coastal protection in our most critical coastlines (Philippines having the 5th longest in the world); or upland forest trees in the Sierra Madre mountain range, the longest range in the Philippines.

Contact Joyce Raboca /  Yoga for Forests

Classes are one-hour Vinyasa classes on Wednesdays 8:00AM (GMT+8). Join my yoga class by emailing me with your donation receipt to Fostering Education & Environment for Development, Inc. at https://www.facebook.com/yogaforforests and I’ll send you a calendar invite with the Zoom link to class. (Any amount is accepted!)

For More Details, Contact: joyceanneraboca@gmail.com

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In 2015, the Philippine government submitted to the United Nations the country’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The carbon dioxide reductions will come from the sectors of energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry. Join us!

Tree-Planting with FEED

Contact us at FEED for more details, to join our regular activities or to design your own tree-nurturing eventinfo@feed.org.ph or call/text +63 (0)917 552 4722.

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