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South Tangerang mayor urges revival of ‘one couple, one tree’ program

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South Tangerang   /   Wed, January 30, 2019   /   12:24 pm
South Tangerang mayor urges revival of ‘one couple, one tree’ program Trees tower above a park in X in this undated file photo. South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany intends to revive a tree-planting program for brides- and grooms-to-be in the municipality of Banten province. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

In an attempt to promote environmentalism, South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany has recommended reviving the "one couple, one tree" program for all future brides and grooms. 

The program, which the mayor said was initiated in 2012-2013, calls for each soon-to-be married couples to plant a tree at their house.  

“We have done this [the program] before. We hope [all] future brides and grooms will plant one tree,” she said on Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co. “Now [the program] is not running anymore,” she said.

Airin said that she would cooperate with the South Tangerang Religious Affairs Office to revive the program.

She expressed the hope that each couple planning to wed would willingly participate in the program.

The head of the South Tangerang Religious Affairs Office, Abdul Rojak, said he supported the program.

“I strongly agree with the Mayor's recommendation,” he said. (sau/iwa)