Kiwi kicks off Trump Forest initiative in honour of US president, a 'dangerous idiot'
Forests around the world could soon bear the name of United States President Donald Trump if one Kiwi businessman gets his way.
Christchurch man and avid environmentalist Adrien Taylor has launched Trump Forest, an initiative to plant trees in the name of the American leader who recently repealed a raft of climate-change regulations.
Taylor said Trump was a "dangerous idiot".
"The world's most powerful man doesn't believe in science and that should be concerning to everyone around the globe.
"As the planet heats up towards critical tipping points, we simply can't afford his ignorance."
An initial 1000 native trees have been pledged by Taylor's headwear company Offcut. They will be planted on Christchurch's Port Hills to help regenerate fire-stricken areas after February's devastating fires.
Taylor wants businesses to contribute trees to a worldwide forest "in honour" of Trump.
"We know Trump likes his things: Trump Tower, Trump Golf, Trump Vodka and so on. We thought he might like Trump Forest too," he said.
"Only a small percentage of the world voted him in, but we will all have to deal with his stupidity when wildfires, tropical storms, droughts, rising seas, and increased temperatures make life more uncomfortable for all – and impossible for many – of us living on this planet."
On Wednesday, Trump vowed to put an "end to the war on coal" with an executive order to undo former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan.
The plan required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants to meet commitments to a global climate change accord agreed to by nearly 200 countries in 2015.
Taylor said Trump's actions prompted him to do something "so we can one day look our grandchildren in the eyes and tell them we tried to do something".
This latest initiative is not Taylor's first foray into climate-change politics. In 2016 he co-produced Thirty Million, a documentary film supported by the United Nations Development Programme, which highlighted the 30 million Bangladeshis who would be displaced if sea levels were to rise one metre.