Innovative new campaign wants to offset Trump’s climate policies by planting billions of trees

Resistance to the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. climate policy is literally taking root across the globe, driven by climate-savvy campaigners in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of trees.

Dubbed “Trump Forest,” the project aims to plant enough trees — 110 billion, to be exact — to offset the carbon emissions created by the Trump administration’s climate regression, from repealing the Clean Power Plan to pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

“It doesn’t matter where you are from, climate change doesn’t recognize national boundaries. Carbon dioxide doesn’t have a passport. Our atmosphere is shared by everyone. So climate ignorance in the U.S. unfortunately impacts all of us, every person is put at risk by Trump’s inability to recognize a global threat.”

The project rests on a simple idea: to soak up excess carbon emissions created by the Trump administration’s rollback of climate policies and devotion to fossil fuels, plant something that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. To completely offset the climate policies of the Trump administration, Price and his team estimate that they’ll need to plant enough trees to cover an area roughly the size of Kentucky.

Since the project launched in April 2017, more than 130,000 trees around the world have been planted in the name of standing up to Trump.

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