TREES AGAINST TRUMP… YEP
A CAMPAIGN to plant thousands of trees to hit back against US president Donald Trump’s environmental policy has had more than 300,000 pledges of support.
Trump has described climate change as a “hoax” and he recently pulled out of the US from the Paris Agreement, which commits more than 100 nations around the world to do more to prevent global warming. His decision was criticised by many global leaders.
Now, ordinary people are fighting back against his policies by pledging to plant a “Trump Forest”. The campaign, which began in New Zealand, calls on people to plant trees – or pay for them to be planted in developing countries – and form a giant global forest.
As First News went to press, 342,000 people had pledged to plant a tree. Pledgers are asked to send proof to the campaign website that they have paid for and planted the tree. The organisers say they need to make up for the 650 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that the president’s policies could cause.
Some people have already paid for trees to be planted in forest restoration projects in poorer parts of the world, such as Madagascar, Haiti and Ethiopia.