Donald Trump's state visit: Bishop's Stortford student's stiff climate change message for Stansted-bound president
A Bishop's Stortford student has been busy this weekend creating a stiff message about climate change for Donald Trump in the hope of catching the US president's eye as he flies into Stansted on Monday morning for the start of his state visit.
Online upcycling entrepreneur Ollie Nancarrow, 18, spent part of Saturday and Sunday mowing the message in the grounds of his family home just outside Hatfield Heath, with the full approval of mother and stepfather Vanessa and David Ambler.
Alongside the greeting "Oi Trump", the teenager – who is taking A Levels in art, product design and business studies at The Bishop's Stortford High School – has crafted a cock and balls.
This is followed by the message "Climate Change is Real" and accompanied by a polar bear.
Ollie, who runs online marketplace www.born-eco.com, connecting buyers with eco-friendly traders, said: “Donald Trump and his denial of climate change are not welcome and I want him to be fully aware of that when he flies in to Stansted on Monday.”
He is hoping that his weekend's work will catch the president's eye aboard Air Force One as the aircraft flies into Stansted. It is expected to land at around 9am.
Visitors to Ollie's Born Eco website are greeted with the message: "Join a marketplace connecting you with eco-friendly traders, keeping human connection at the heart of any sale.
"We have a goal, a goal to raise awareness of the need to become a more sustainable society. Together we can make a difference. Every eco-friendly purchase, every plastic bottle refused, every paper straw used brings us one step closer to achieving that goal."
President Trump rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. In June 2017, he announced the USA's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, making America the only nation in the world not to ratify the agreement.
Following his election in 2016, his "America First Energy Plan" focused on fossil fuels to the exclusion of renewable energy. Environmentalists expressed concerns after he announced plans to make large budget cuts to renewable energy research programmes and to roll back Obama-era policies directed at curbing climate change and limiting environmental pollution.
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