Trump Forest cofounders
Trump Forest co-founders (left to right) Adrien Taylor, Daniel Price, and Jeff Willis. (Photo: Courtesy of Trump Forest.)

After President Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, three men decided that they could not sit idly by.

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British climate scientist Daniel Price teamed with New Zealander Adrien Taylor and American Jeff Willis to begin a project in protest. They called the effort Trump Forest.

It’s a campaign to plant ten-billion trees around the world. Price says that’s about how many it will take to offset the increased carbon pollution expected if the U.S. repeals the Clean Power Plan, a policy that helps reduce carbon pollution.

Price: “We’d have to cover the approximate area of the U.S. state of Kentucky in trees to offset these additional emissions.”

To contribute, people can plant trees locally and send a receipt as proof. Or monetary donations can be made to support mangrove reforestation in Madagascar.

More than a million trees have been pledged since the campaign started last year. There’s still a long way to go, but Price is hopeful that, in five to ten years, the group will reach the ten-billion tree goal.

And he says, in the process, the initiative does more than offset carbon pollution. It’s also …

Price: “… a way for people to raise their voices against climate ignorance in whatever forms.”

Reporting credit: Mark Knapp/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Bruce Lieberman

Bruce Lieberman, a long-time journalist, has covered climate change science, policy, and politics for nearly two decades. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for The San Diego Union-Tribune...