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 marchesdefiant 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.

With these policy changes, Trump Forest estimates that, over the next 8 years, 650 million extra tons of carbon dioxide will reach the atmosphere, drastically harming the planet and “send[ing] a signal to the rest of the world that the government of the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases is not on board” to combat climate change.

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.”

Since launching 5 months ago, the international initiative has resulted in 618,055 pledged and planted trees. Additionally, over 2,200 individuals have opted to back the project, and nearly $80,000 has been invested, proving that Trump Forest is undoubtedly doing its part to “make earth great again.”

If you'd like to donate to the cause or plant your own tree, you can find out more on the Trump Forest website.

Dedicated to defying President Trump's views on climate change, the Trump Forest project aims to plant 10 billion trees.

Trump Forest Climate Change

So far, the initiative has seen success, with hundreds of thousands of trees being planted around the world.

Trump Forest Climate Change

Trump Forest Climate Change

Through this project, the founders hope to “make earth great again.”

Trump Forest: Facebook | Twitter
h/t: [IFLScience]

All images via Trump Forest unless otherwise stated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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