First News - - Front Page - by Ed­die de Oliveira

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.

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