Selected Resources  

The first layer of Hold Our Breath 2040 resources will be developed through an Irish lens, with a view toward considering the rapidly changing situation in Ireland. The least forested nation of Europe, Ireland has less than 2 percent native coverage, despite having been fully forested previous to colonisation. Currently, commercial afforestation efforts surge due to government incentives using tree-planting to offset carbon emissions, with short-term monoculture undermining the native ecosystems and biodiversity necessary for long-range regeneration. The rapid state of change due to government policies puts Ireland in a uniquely urgent position, as the complex sociological, historical, and economic relationship of Ireland to the woodlands calls for reimagining.   

Irish organizations

Irish tree artists


Hollywood Forest


Lithic Works


Katie Holten

Suggested TV and films

Money Grows on Trees

Planting trees against climate change: Ireland is reforesting its territory by growing spruces. But it's not just about being green, it's about profit. Wood is a big business... much to the displeasure of local environmental activists who want Ireland's forestry policy changed. 

Tree TV

A series of episodes created as part of the 2020 Whose Trees These Are Tree Festival organized by musicians Eimear Reidy & Natalia Beylis  


Suggested readings

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