A tree-planting ceremony was held during Perio Master Clinic 2020 in Dublin as a symbol of the EFP’s commitment to the environment.
Congress chair Declan Corcoran and scientific chair Anton Sculean planted an apple tree in the grounds of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), which hosted the three days of clinical presentations and workshops on the regeneration of soft- and hard-tissues around teeth and implants.
“I would like to acknowledge the great co-operation we have received from the RDS in accommodating this tree-planting ceremony to take place,” said Declan Corcoran during the ceremony on March 5.
“The RDS was founded to cater for the farming community of Ireland and has been to the forefront in driving sustainable issues forward in agriculture. Ireland is renowned for its horse industry and the world-famous Horse Show is held here every year in the summer on a grass surface.
Drawing a link between this and the work of periodontists in conserving teeth, Dr Corcoran continued: “We in the EFP periodontal community are very aware of conservation – it is in our psyche. So, it is a wonderful coming together of two bodies totally committed to environmental issues that allows this happy event to take place.”
He described the tree-planting as a “gesture to let the world know that we are aware of our carbon footprint, that we do care, and that we will use all the latest developments in audiovisual facilities to stage conferences in the future.”
At the same time, he added, the EFP had “due regard for the invaluable role that live interpersonal interaction has in disseminating knowledge in our field for the ultimate benefit of our patients and mankind.”
He concluded his speech at the ceremony by acknowledging the oxygen-emitting potential of the tree (and another that was on the stage of Perio Master Clinic 2020 and was planted later) and calling on “all bees, wasps, flies, beetles, ants, butterflies and moths to pollinate these trees to bring forth fruit for years and years to come.”