One Greenwashing Thing: President Trump’s Hollow Tree Promise

Trump Administration Furthers Commitment to One Trillion Trees Initiative | U.S. Department of the Interior

President Trump plants a tree on Earth Day 2020       Photo: Department of Interior

Back in January, President Trump said the U.S. would join the World Economic Forum’s “Trillion Trees” Initiative — but in the 9 months since then we have heard little of it.  Today, the President  signed an Executive Order saying that “given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, this order initiates the formation of the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council to further the Federal Government’s contribution to the global effort.” Yes, just what the trees need — an interagency council that will undoubtedly use lots of paper to further tree planting.  President Roosevelt as part of the New Deal created the Civilian Conservation Corps that actually DID plant 220 million trees in the midwestern U.S. between 1933-42 in what was called “The Great Wall of Trees.” It truly was a “green” New Deal.

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