Biodiversity and Trees
Re-Wilding of Front Lawns for Biodiversity, 2020
In March 2020, an historic vote was put to the university and the public, asking if people would prefer to see wildflowers planted in front of Trinity rather than a grass lawn. The aspiration was to bring biodiversity to the front of Trinity, educating the public and university members on the importance of re-wilding parts of our urban areas. The campaign amassed 13,850 votes, 89% of which were in favour of the move. Planting took place the last week in July 2020 and the news story was covered by national news and international publications. See a list of the wildflower species sown.
1 million animal and plant species worldwide are at risk of extinction from habitat loss driven by human activities, including deforestation; overfishing; climate change; poaching; invasive species and pollution.
Biodiversity - the variety of life on Earth - is the foundation of Earth remaining a healthy planet for all of us to live on. Human consumption of natural ecosystems threatens all forms of life on Earth, including our own economies, food security and health. By recognising the value of nature and the ecosystem services it provides, we can secure a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ireland’s biodiversity has been valued at contributing a staggering €2.6 billion to the annual economy!
Trinity has adopted three objectives to increase biodiversity on campus:
- Increase tree numbers by 10%
- Increase green areas
- Increase biodiversity rich areas by 5%
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Here are our top 3 green tips for restoring wildlife habitats and halting biodiversity loss:
1) Link Up
Collective action is hugely impactful - you can link up with existing organisations such as the TCD Environmental Society, TCD Zoo Soc, the TCD Botanical Society, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT), the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) or BirdWatch Ireland.
2) Let It Grow
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us returning land back to Nature so that plants and animals can survive, e.g. reduce mowing to six weeks during summer, plant native pollinator-friendly flowers/herbs in our gardens and stop pesticide use.
3) Shop Small and Local
Small farmers tend to have more on-farm crop diversity and hedgerow habitats than larger industrial farms, and shopping locally also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from long-distance transport! You can find farmers markets/ local foods on our Green Map, or check into Foodture.ie - a Trinity startup that connects people to healthier food sources.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
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