To mark World Environment Day (WED) that took place on Saturday, 5 June, RSK company Nicholas O’Dwyer became part of #GenerationRestoration and has pledged to plant one tree per staff member by 2024!
WED is the United Nations’ annual day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. First held in 1974, WED has been an opportunity for the world to start initiatives, raise awareness and act on environmental issues such as marine pollution, habitat protection, bee species declines, climate chaos and deforestation. This year hosted by Pakistan, the theme for 2021 is ecosystem restoration. The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration will also be launched on WED 2021.
What is Nicholas O’Dwyer doing?
Pledging to plant one tree per staff member by 2024, the Nicholas O’Dwyer forest in Ireland, where the business in headquartered, will form part of the Wolfgang Reforest initiative, which has purchased 15 acres of land in Ireland that it will restore with Ireland’s native tree species. The site is bordered by the Wicklow Way walking trail and is deep in the River Ow valley, just beyond Aughrim, Co Wicklow.
To start their initiative, Nicholas O’Dwyer has committed to planting 80 trees in 2021. If 80 native Irish woodland trees, such as oak, are planted, and they grow for ten years, Nicholas O’Dwyer’s carbon footprint will be reduced by more than 62 tonnes of carbon.
Why is Nicholas O’Dwyer planting trees?
Ireland is the least forested country in Europe and among Europe’s largest carbon emitters. Ireland’s initial forest cover of 80% (6,000 years ago) has reduced to approximately 11% today. The nationwide goal is to increase Ireland’s forest cover to 18%. There is little diversity within the forest coverage that Ireland has: of the 11% forest cover, the majority is Sitka Spruce. The Department of Agriculture has reported that Ireland’s Sitka Spruce plantations are net carbon emitters.
Planting native trees is the best way that we can go about re-greening Ireland and re-vitalising the wildlife. Trees provide an abundance of benefits to people and communities they are planted in. They improve soil and water conservation, store carbon and moderate local climate and air temperature. Being among trees, the Japanese term Shinrin-yoku or “Forest-bathing” has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and improve well-being.
We look forward to seeing the initiative grow! For more information on Nicholas O’Dwyer, please visit its website.