President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, an unmitigated disaster for us all. (Editor's note - this has now happened)
But a group of three friends in Christchurch, New Zealand, have a plan. They’re asking people to plant billions of trees as part of their “Trump Forest” project to offset the damage to the climate that Trump’s policies will cause.
Founder Adrien Taylor, 27, climate scientist Dr. Dan Price, 29, and PhD candidate Jeff Willis, 28, started the project in April after being shocked at Trump’s views on climate change. They hope it can act as a call to arms for people who are left feeling powerless.
“It was really quite demoralizing to have someone who questions basic science elected president of the free world,” Taylor told IFLScience. “We know Trump likes his things, he’s got Trump Vodka, Trump Chocolate, Trump Towers. So we thought he might like Trump Forest too.”
The idea is to get people around the world to either plant trees themselves or pledge money to a specific charity to plant a tree on their behalf. If you go down the former route, the team ask that you send them a receipt for your tree here.
If the latter, you’ll be donating to The Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit charity that’s planting mangroves in Madagascar. Any money you donate will go directly to the charity.