Today: Mon 26 Feb 2018

Over 600,000 Trees Are Planted in Response to President Trump’s Climate Change Views

During Donald Trump's 8 months as President of the United States, many environmentally-minded individuals have criticized his views on climate change. This displeasure has manifested in a myriad of ways, including science marches, defiant Tweets, and, most recently, Trump Forest, a project dedicated to planting trees around the world.

Trump Forest was founded by British climate scientist Dr. Dan Price, American PhD candidate Jeff Willis, and French-New Zealander Adrien Taylor. The trio introduced the tongue-in-cheek titled initiative as a response to two of President Trump's environmentally detrimental decisions: an Executive Order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the already-successful Clean Power Plan, and his controversial withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

To offset the United States' inevitable CO2 emissions and make up for its absence in the Paris Agreement, Price, Willis, and Taylor came up with a plan: plant 10 billion trees around the world. According to their research, “if the Trump Forest covers an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers (37,000 square miles), about the size of the U.S. state of Kentucky, it will offset the additional carbon in the atmosphere if the Clean Power Plan is removed.”

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