Why We Should Protect Indigenous Trees

Why We Should Protect Indigenous Trees

For every creature that walks on Earth, be it a human or an animal, trees are life. They are "lungs of Earth", and they protect us from the damaging environmental factors, such as air pollution caused by emissions.


protect us from the damaging environmental factors, such as air pollution caused by emissions. They also protect us from the harmful effects of direct solar radiation and are vital for wildlife. So, what we should do is return the favor and protect the trees. Here in Ireland, one of the main concerns that should be addressed is protecting the indigenous trees.

Years of Deforestation

Once, Ireland was a land of woods and forests. The forest cover percentage on this small island was up to 80%, however, now it has one of the lowest rates in Europe, around 11%. No other country in Europe has experienced such complete devastation of the native woodland as Ireland has. By the beginning of the 20th century, the rate of forest cover on the island was down to 1%. Human activity such as industrialization, agriculture, etc., was the reason for such widespread destruction of Irish forests.

During the 20th century, however, the Irish state started to realize the scope of damage and began the process of extensive tree-planting and creating forests on the mountainous land.

Native Trees in Ireland

Indigenous trees in Ireland play a very important role in the environment and climate. They are vital for flood control, water filtration, soil fertility security, recreation, and well-being. However, over the years the number of native trees has been reduced to only 2% of the total forest cover. One of the main reasons why we should protect the native hardwood trees is flooding. It has been proven by Bangor University research in Wales that native woodlands reduce the effects of flooding. It was shown that the soil under native trees absorbs water 67 times faster than under the grass. This happens due to their long roots that go deep and provide channels to send the water much further underground.

Preserving Indigenous Trees

Local arborist and tree surgeon, Joe Delaney Jnr of treesurgeon.care submitted a report to the Irish state agency calling for more to be done to protect the existing indigenous tree population and encourage the growth of forests via grants. Whilst the government have been slow to adopt all his recommendations, there are a few new programmes that could help resolve the situation.

For example, Forest Service's Native Woodland Scheme was designed to pay farmers to plant native naturalised woodlands. However, according to the experts that may not work. Certain species of trees, such as oak, mature only after 120 years, which won't bring any positive results any time soon. That being said, the measures taken should be used effectively to preserve the species that we have right now.

So, as the inheritors of these woods today, we have to do all that we can to preserve the low percentage of the native trees we have left. By all means, we must do our best to improve the situation and bring back what mother nature gave us. Otherwise, what will we have left? What will we leave for our children? Think about it.

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1. Pledge to do something active every day

This may sound a little silly, but any sort of activity will help you destress and feel good about yourself as well, plus who doesn't enjoy a little time outside? It is really important to stay active and healthy, especially while you are young! It is proven that exercising releases endorphins which will decrease your stress and truly just make you feel healthier.

2. Pick a word to live by for the entire year 

This is incredibly beneficial! Last year, I chose to live by the word: Patience, and let me tell you this made a HUGE difference in my life, throughout 2018 I was constantly thinking about how to live my life with more patience, and now I truly know what being patient means (in all aspects of life). My word for 2019 is Mindfulness!

3. Find Something Positive in Every Negative Life Situation

This one sounds really corny, I know, but it truly makes an impact on how you handle life situations. I have handled a lot of them very badly, but when I started to reflect on the positives, I began to look at these situations as life lessons or stepping stones, that way it did not feel like it was the end of the world to me, which bad life situations should NEVER make you feel like that.

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This is really important, especially if you have a goal oriented personality like me! I thrive on trying to reach my goals, therefore when I started setting goals for myself I noticed a huge improvement in my productivity and work ethic. I chose to set small daily goals, sometimes different each day, like: clean my room, do dishes, etc, as well as setting larger, long term goals like: get in to my dream med school, save ten thousand dollars in a year, and little goals to live by like: go to class all semester, get up earlier, stick to a sleep schedule, clean out closet once a month, etc. I have truly noticed a difference in my life since I have written these goals down on paper, I have noticed myself genuinely working hard to achieve them and feeling better in the process, which is why I believe everyone should try it!

These are 5 New Year's Resolutions that will truly make an impact in your life and health (mental and physical)!

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Electro-pop singer-songwriter and producer Jade Alice epitomizes today's pop music, as demonstrated by her latest single, "In Too Deep"; the song effortlessly transforms from a languid track with full, angelic-sounding vocals to a roof-raising dance track.


Who are some of your musical influences?

At the moment it's Lennon Stella, Billie Eilish, Joni Mitchell, ABBA and Daniel Caesar!

If you could collaborate with any artist who would you choose?

I would love to work with Billie Eilish, she creates the most beautiful vocal arrangements around her voice, and that's something I really try to focus on in my songs too. She is just so cool. She's completely her own person, and she has this maturity in the way she commands the words of a song. I think we grew up in similar ways, having our families involved in music and I feel very connected to her in a weird personal way haha but that just goes to show how personal her songs are!

"In The Deep" what's the song really mean to you?

It's the feeling of when you see someone for the first time, and your attraction to them is so obvious,but you don't feel self conscious about it. Everything just becomes exciting and you're like a kid with no inhibitions. I get a similar feeling with dance music, so I wanted to have a dance element in the song to enhance this feeling of euphoria and love.

What do you hope people take from your music when listening?

The main thing I hope for is that they see themselves in the songs, and not me. That they take something from the song, realize things about themselves and how they're feeling. I hope I can empower people to feel good about themselves!

Any new music updates you like to share?

Yes! I have another single coming out on December 4th called 'Work This Out'. It's in collaboration with another Melbourne producer called Motaki!

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