On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the president of the United States signed an executive order to join the global Trillion Tree Campaign to protect forests, grasslands, and federal reserves and help plant, restore, and protect 1 trillion trees around the world, the Washington Examiner reported.
The executive order follows the president’s pledge to join a project that emerged at the World Economic Forum as part of the fight against climate change.
According to the website, “The World Economic Forum has launched a global initiative to grow, restore, and conserve 1 trillion trees around the world—in a bid to restore biodiversity and help fight climate change.”
The executive order calls for creating a council formed of various federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. companies, and communities across the country to decide on actions required to meet the stated goal.
“The mission of the Council shall be to promote an increase in Federal Government activities and other national efforts that further the Initiative by growing, restoring, and conserving trees,” Trump wrote in the order.
Similarly, the president seeks to identify regulations and any other legal constraints that inhibit the federal government in its attempts to carry out the Initiative’s efforts.
The announcement has the support of both parties. However, the Democratic side emphasizes the need for more action to reduce fossil fuel consumption and production. It’s an idea laid out in the famous Green New Deal that seeks to replace the carbon-based energy model with alternative energies.
In November 2019, the United States began its formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which required the United States to reduce annual gas emissions by up to 25 percent.
“Compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025 according to the National Economic Research Associates,” Trump said in the Rose Garden in 2017, when he announced plans to remove the United States from the accord.
He added, “This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs—not what we need—believe me, this is not what we need—including automobile jobs and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely.”
But Trump’s decisions are not isolated from the scientific facts; they are just different from the official climate change narrative.
An article in The Guardian, titled “Tree planting has ‘mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis,” analyzes the proportional effect of forests in reducing air pollution and draws different conclusions from those proposed by the climate change activism.
“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said professor Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zurich, who led the research.
“What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed,” said Crowther.