Watch our TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Conference

We’ve had a lot of requests for copies of our TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference recording. The rules of TEDx do not permit recording the entire event; for those who missed it, in summary we had talks from 6 experts in their fields; our theme was “Restore”, theme also of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which runs from June 5th 2021 – 2031. 128 were registered (standing-room only in our “virtual” zoomroom as it were as we had capped our conference at 100…we squeezed them in at the “back of the hall”)

The conference was run by our international team of young people; Canqi Li, co-organiser, (Brown University), Opeyemi Adetifa , our Environmental Intern, (Technological University of Dublin) Asfand Bakht-Yar, Operations (and our TUD Environmental Intern back in 2019-20) and Aoife Fitzgerald, Promotion. The conference was produced by Ewan Wood of Aileen O Meara Media/ the Rathdown Media Institute, Dublin.

Introduction by Orla Farrell of the Easy Treesie – Crann, Trees for Ireland project.

Is mór an onóir dom a bheith anseo inniu We are planting 1M trees with Ireland’s 1M school children and their communities by 2023. We’ve partnered with the Tree Council of Ireland, our State Nursery Coillte, Charity Trees on the Land and many other collaborators in planting almost 200k trees so far. Our project was inspired by Wangari Maathai, a teacher and founder of the Green Belt movement and schoolboy Felix Finkbeiner who set this million-tree challenge. Felix’s  Plant-for-the-Planet project has grown into the trillion tree global challenge which has been set for this coming decade, the UN Decade on Ecosystem restoration which starts in June 2021. For that reason our theme today is “Restore”.

When the TEDxCountdown initiative kicked off last year we thought we would answer the call to showcase our local solutions for climate action. To celebrate by Earth Day in the last week, we thought we would ask some of the many experts who have been supporting our project to share their “ideas worth spreading”.  I invite you along with our international team of young people who have worked to stage this event to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

Closing Remarks by Orla Farrell; We hope you enjoyed our six stellar Irish speakers along with our international guests. If their talks have raised questions with you, you can contact us at and we will post our Q and As on the website. Tickets were free and if you wish to contribute to the cost of staging this event you can do so at charity Thanks to you for supporting us by coming along.

Thank You from Canqi;

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