How one law can reforest a nation AND lower its divorce rate


Java300 On the Indonesian island of Java, which has experienced massive deforestation, a new law requires all newlyweds to plant 10 trees.  But get this: if they later divorce, they have to plant 50 more.   Brilliant!  Here’s the story.




  1. What a great way to start a marriage planting trees together instead of heading to the florist to spend 100’s of dollars on cut flowers to match your wedding theme that end up in the trash. Might be an idea for other newlywed couples to consider.

  2. Planting trees at the beginning of a new marriage is a nice symbol of the growing the marriage is going to do. And planting even more trees when a marriage ends seems a symbol of the healing that needs to take place no matter how amicable the divorce.

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