An Update on All Things Trees!

Hi everybody; thank you so much for all the well wishes, calls and messages recently; here is what is going on this week; we are going hammer and tongs today gearing up for our upcoming TEDx Countdown event.

It is quite a challenge to get organised; our website crashed on “Nationwide” night, the official email packed in on Thursday so we are making do with patching up in terms of communications.

Due to the unprecedented success of a record National Tree Week and the length of our waiting list for participating communities and schools we are taking names, addresses and phone numbers only at this stage and will get back to you in the coming months with our new-season questions for you so we can best look after your requirements. Also let us know if you are under 18 as we copy in your parent/teacher/youth leader in any exchanges.

After every big initiative we like to conduct an evaluation; a what? It’s the Green Schools way and it works so that makes it our way too. It is of course rule 101 for teachers – to ask how did it go for everyone – and we are a teacher-lead project. Well No. 1 is we put your trees on the map where any planting has taken place over 100 saplings. We have to be sure there is no double counting obviously. So that is going to take a bit of time. We have a polygon-lesson coming up soon with Imogen Rabone on zoom (of Trees on the Land) and Brendan Fitzsimons of the Tree Council has an expert we are planning to look to for advice given the scale of our planting and the challenges of licensing requirements currently. Next we like to see how we can improve our service and ask for any other observations. We like praise and we welcome constructive criticism. So we’ll talk soon. In the meantime we’ve to #stoptalkingstartplanting as we are wrapping up our Tree Week 2021 project at the same time, with a nice bow.

P.S.; How cool is our logo. Thank you to co-organiser Canqi Li of Brown University who made it and all our team working away all distanced, looking forward to an Easter Egg feast whenever we can!

Jerusalema Dance; Easy Treesie Challenges You ;

And when you stop dancing, #startplanting !

We all loved the An Garda Síochána #JerusalemaChallenge ! Have you learned the steps yet, they are on @YouTube tutorials. Our team thought we would take a break during #TreeWeek and do a little dance to rise to the challenge. Thanks to everyone who danced and helped, (warning the rabbit has run away though, watch out for your saplings and signs they are being nibbled; if so, tree-guards!)

We love challenges, it’s why we are doing Felix Finkbeiner ‘s 1M challenge with Plant-for-the-Planet Deutschland (Official) which is now of course the challenge !Over to you; what about the #Jerusalemachallenge in your favourite planting gear and then of course, #plantatree ! With almost 100k trees planted during our #NationalTreeWeek in our collaboration with our many friends (Thank you Tree Council of Ireland for all the help and for the #nativesaplings @Coillte and #TreesontheLand !!! And go #TreePlanters everywhere, please send us your pictures and videos till we give you a shout out! ) ; It’s all go here at the #TreeHouse. We are now busy organising for our upcoming TEDxCrannTreesForIreland TEDx#TEDxCountdown Conference on #EarthDay #2021. Our theme? #Restore ! Like it? Thanks to my co-organisor, Canqi Li! Meet some of the #TeamTreesIE Ideas Worth Spreading and it’s all about Trees as Part-Solution to the Climate Crisis; they can buy us 1 degree as we find other solutions. #TreeWeek2021 #Go Greener with Grangecon #Aileen O’Meara

Whose shoulders do you stand on? TedxCircle

2 great Questions from the poet, Amanda Gorman in her TED talk; here are a few of our answers from our TEDxCircle on Valentine’s Day 2021 as we focused on love! Thanks to all of you who contributed to this fascinating discussion! Let me know if you want to add or subtract to what you said in the chat yesterday or have thought of something since – as I have below.

 I asked my husband his opinion – he had been making the dinner in the kitchen as we talked; he too says he stood on the shoulders of his parents who were so amazing in how they managed to provide in the toughest of times and survive; and that he stands for “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and all the pie-in-the-sky stuff that’s gone out of fashion”.  As I think about his making my dinner as I sipped my cool drink, I am adding that I am standing on his shoulders too as he does the washup, the shopping, the garden as I busy myself with the tree planting! An he stands on mine, metaphorically.

I’m going to keep asking those questions of people I meet, they are thought-provoking!

Here is where she puts the questions;

  1. Whose shoulders do you stand on?

Whose  shoulders  do  I stand on: Probably  my  mother’s  and  ….. ,  the  woman  who lived  with  us  for nine  years  and  was like a second mother to me.

My mother’s; she was an early adaptor. Did NOT want to be a farmer like her mother (drudgery). Did NOT want me to be a nurse like her, (more drudgery!). Gave me (and my brothers)every opportunity for educating ourselves so we would be equipped for life to the fullest & my Dad who backed her up. And all their ancestors who presumably were doing their very best and those everywhere supporting!

I stand on the shoulders of my mother and grandmother, and all the teachers of Ireland who innovated and worked to make our education system what it is.

I stand on the shoulders of my wonderful ancestors, mum, dad, and extended family

I’ll stand on anyone’s shoulders to get a better view (seriously I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors…)

My parents, mom and dad

I stand on the shoulders of those who fought for the vote, scientists, artists and musicians, who make our world so wonderful.

A giraffe has largest view of the world (biggest heart of any mammal, highest world view!)

And here is her great poem;

  • What do you stand for?

I stand for love

Salvaging life on the planet; Releafing Ireland with Ireland’s children to give them hope from carrying out a climate action and dispel gloooooooooooooooooooooom

My husband …. and I stand for truth

I  would  like  to  stand  for  courage…But  it’s  an ongoing  battle   with  lesser  self. I also  hope  I stand   for a generosity   of spirit.

I stand for kindness and looking at things intelligently.

I stand for equality

Stand for generations to come…

Being optimistic and giving people opportunities to talk to do things… Just time and space

I stand for honesty and taking care of self, others and the world we live in.

& I echo one of our group’s parting words….It  was  really lovely  to see  you all. Much  love  on  this  Valentine’s  Day.

All the Tree People are Connected in the Wood Wide Web!

Just saw an amazing video of the now tree-lined Electric Picnic OakTree Campsite!!!

I think #ElectricPicnic will have to go on my wish-list for my #postCovid19 #wishlist. #Tent ready! Bring on the #treehugging #glamping ! Just heard about this from James Kennedy of Aqua Homes; Thanks James!!! Just learned about Aqua Homes, BYEcocamping and more at the great session this morning with Shane and his team…he is the Enterprise Development Manager at Inner City Enterprise.It is so energising to tic tac with Social Entrepreneurs. It’s a few years now since I got into Socialentrepreneur Ireland’s top 50, I miss those amazing #hackathon sessions wow in Bankof Ireland at #grandcanaldock, the #Treemendous one ESB Electricity Supply Board one where we spent a whole weekend working on cool solutions of #electriccars at Dogpatch Labs and @ the Stripe building #educationhackathon where our project began! Happy memories of Marathon #socialising, #fingerscrossed l Guess who was there too; Pocket Forests !!!lol all the tree people are connected, it’s the wood wide web!!!

Using what is Good

On Re-inventing the wheel. Back in the Sea Scouts on our Ham radio Jamboree of the Air, we used the aviation alphabet because it worked.
Sometimes I have to spell out “Easy Treesie”.
You may ask, why we did not pick a name easier to spell.
Well, that is the modern world, if you are picking a project, a lot of the easy names are gone.

How to spell Easy Treesie?
Echo, Alpha, Sierra, Yankee
Tango, Romeo, Echo, Echo, Sierra, Yankee

I’ve been spelling out our email on the phone saying “E for…” ohhhhhhhhhh whatever word I think of. That is why we have an aviation alphabet. It works so I shall use it, for my Eircode Postcode too, the words were picked for simplicity.
Or perhaps I will revive our ancient Tree Alphabet!!!
Elder, Aspen, Strawberry, Yew,
T, Rowan, Elm, Elder, Spindle, Yew hmm stuck on the T; we could use the Latin Taxus Baccata for the Yew again.