In Indonesia newly weds are required by law to plant 10 trees

And divorced couples are obligated by law to plant 50 trees.

On a hot and sticky morning in a village near Garut, 26-year-old Cucu carries a sapling to give to his bride. The young tree is not exactly a unique gift; it’s part of a government initiative to bring back the Garut province’s devastated forests.

Newly married couples must plant 10 trees under the program. If they divorce, they must plant 50 others.

Cucu and his bride, Yati Supriyatna — both dressed in all white — headed to a mosque in the foothills of West Java’s mountains, where they carefully planted two saplings, a symbolic gesture.

The young couple met in school three years ago and began dating last year.


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