Minister McEntee supports Science Week

The weather was bright and sunny this morning, which was perfect for Minister McEntee and all of the team at OPW Oldbridge and Coillte who gathered together today to plant a tree for Science Week.

Celebrating the Science Week tree planting initiative, Rosemary Collier, Director of National Historic Properties, OPW; Cormac Downey, Arboricultural Officer, OPW; Deborah Meghen Director of Stewardship Coillte; Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs, and Dr. Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland planted trees at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge as part of Science Week 2019.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has launched a nationwide tree planting initiative as part of Science Week 2019. Focussing on climate action, Science Week 2019 is seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change – including planting a tree! This tree planting initiative supports the national effort of planting 440 million trees by 2040. 

Speaking about the initiative, Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs said: “I am delighted to play my part this Science Week and support the national tree-planting campaign. I greatly welcome the work that Science Foundation Ireland is doing to engage young people in growing a greater understanding of our changing climate and the role science can play. Trees alone can play a significant role in carbon absorption and in helping us reach the objectives set out in the Climate Action Plan.” There are a number of ways to get involved, information available on www.ScienceWeek.ie

(L to R), Rosemary Collier, Director of National Historic Properties, OPW; Cormac Downey, Arboricultural Officer, OPW; Deborah Meghen Director of Stewardship Coillte; Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for European Affairs, and Dr. Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
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