When we sent our Open letter to our local councillors and to the Oireachtas earlier this year, two of the responses we received were from Eamon Ryan (leader of the Green Party) and Pauline O’Reilly, Green Party County Councillor for Galway City. We were then invited to a stakeholders meeting this summer, which they both attended. This was the first of a series of groups that the Green Party are holding to listen to people have their say about the future of Ireland. I had a chance to speak for the Children’s Tree Campaign.
There were so many people talking about different problems for Galway that I did not know if I would really be heard. But we received some great news from Councillor O’Reilly and the Green Party yesterday. She told us that they had really taken on board our suggestions and that trees mattered. They are bringing forward a motion in the Dáil to change the Irish landscape to help trees, nature and the climate. For example, they are proposing that large areas of natural woodland should be restored and that every farm should plant a hectare of native woodland. You can find out more here:
We children really can get involved and help to make a difference. If you want to join our campaign or explore ideas to help Irish trees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org