Trump Forest – a climate change project

Campaigners started a project to plant trees to compensate for president Trump´s “ignorance” on climate change. Trump Forest allows people to pay for trees in poorer countries or to plant a tree locally. The project was started by three guys in March earlier this year and is based in New Zealand. The three founders are long-time climate campaigners.

Donald Trump has announced that the US will pull out of the Paris climate Agreement with the argument that it would damage the US economy and cost many jobs. Furthermore, he has ordered to review all climate regulations from the Obama era. With the Trump Forest project the founders plan on offsetting all of the emissions the Trump administration puts into our atmosphere.

For that they need an estimated amount of 100 billion new trees, which equals an area the size of Kentucky. During the first month of the project 15.000 trees were pledged and since then the number increased to 120.000 trees. So far 450 people from all over the world have pledged or planted trees in Haiti, Madagascar and Nepal.

to plant (plɑ:nt) – etw. pflanzen
to compensate (ˈkɒmpənseɪt) – etw kompensieren, ausgleichen
ignorance (ˈɪgnərən(t)s) – die Ignoranz, Unwissenheit
poor (pɔ:ʳ) – arm, bedürftig
local (ˈləʊkəl) – örtlich, hiesig
founder (ˈfaʊndəʳ) – der/die Gründer/in
to damage (ˈdæmɪʤ) – etw Schaden zufügen, beschädigen
economy (ɪˈkɒnəmi) – die Wirtschaft
to review (rɪˈvju:) – etw nachprüfen, überdenken
regulation (ˌregjəˈleɪʃən) – die Regelung, Vorschrift
to offset (ˌɒfˈset) – durch etw wettmachen, etw aufwiegen
emission (ɪˈmɪʃən) – die Emisson, die Abgabe, der Ausstoß
to estimate (ˈestɪmeɪt) – etw einschätzen
amount (əˈmaʊnt) – die Menge
to equal (ˈi:kwəl) – etw entsprechen
to pledge (pleʤ) – etw versprechen, sich verpflichten
to increase (ɪnˈkri:s) – ansteigen, zunehmen, wachsen

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