Cathy Fitzgerald of Haumea Ecoversity nominated to raise Earth Charter awareness across Ireland

‘”Turning Conscience into Action!”

– Earth Charter Secretariat. Earth Charter International holds the UNESCO Chair for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The Earth Charter is a document with sixteen principles that drive a global movement towards a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. To support the movement, our Education Center offers courses, resource materials and network opportunities to turn conscience into action.’

As an aluma of the Earth Charter International Education for Sustainable Development ( ESD) Earth Charter programme (courtesy of a 2020 Irish Arts Council Professional Development award), I’m delighted to share that I have been asked by the Earth Charter International Secretariat to be the 🍀 Irish Focal Points Communicator.

Earth Charter Focal Point Communicators is a new development by the Earth Charter International Secretariat to tailor supports and news relevant to diverse nations. National Focal Points communicators will further grow international awareness of the UNESCO- endorsed people and planet expanded values framework that is the Earth Charter. Agreed in 2000, the Earth Charter and many decades development, helps all citizens think about the systemic– the shared and interconnected – values that must guide actions for sustainability, social justice and enduring peace.⁠

This means I will be sharing relevant international Earth Charter news relevant to Ireland for our followers.⁠

The ECI Secretariat functions as the coordinating hub for the worldwide movement. Based at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, the ECI Secretariat promotes the mission, vision, strategies and policies adopted by the ECI Council.

The Secretariat guides and make connections with individuals and organizations to bring the Earth Charter to people from different fields, such as education, youth, business and religion. It manages communications with the larger Earth Charter movement, and promotes the use of the Earth Charter as an international soft law document.

Earth Charter International, in return, will share Irish Earth Charter news of how past Haumea Earth Charter learners (stars every one of them), creatives, educators, curators, law and cultural policy workers – are beginning to use the inspiring UNESCO-endorsed Earth Charter framework to help people understand the expanded integrated ecosocial values and vision for a better world.⁠ With over 30 years of development, the Earth Charter (and the childrens’ Little Earth Charter) is recognised as an inclusive learning tool to increase systems literacy (ecoliteracy) across communities, education institutions, youth programme, schools and universities, cross-governmental departments and nations.

🌀 Haumea Earth Charter learners, do feel free to email me your Earth Charter updates (to or alert me on social media by tagging posts #EarthCharterIreland ⁠

🍂At Haumea Ecoversity we’ll be offering our next popular Earth Charter course in Autumn 2022 – for all adult learners: for creative workers, art & general educators, curators, policy writers, law students, local authority staff – see our Earth Charter course page to add your name to our waitlist, see bio link above⁠

An online Earth Charter course for adult learners, developed by Cathy Fitzgerald

I’m also delighted to share that I will be sharing the Earth Charter as an introductory, accessible and inclusive ecoliteracy (systems literacy) values learning framework for creatives, Local Authority staff, community and other stakeholders for the 2022-23 Irish Arts Council Invitation to Collaborate Award: the 3-county Carlow Arts Services, arts-led Gnáthóga Nádúrtha (3 Habitats) creative community wetland restoration engagement programme.


A big thank you to Haumea learners, especially Lisa Cahill, Tom Duffy, Paola Catizone and many others, who inspired by the values module in the Haumea Ecoliteracy course, propelled me to develop the Haumea Ecoversity Earth Charter pilot course.

Sincere thanks also to the Irish Arts Council for the 2020 Professional Development Award that allowed me to gain my accreditation as an Earth Charter – ESD educator.

Hello! Kia Ora! My name
is Cathy Fitzgerald.
I’m a New
Zealander, living in rural
Ireland, the home of my ancestors, these past 25 years. Since 2019, I have offered ecoliteracy training to 250+ creative professionals in Ireland and internationally.

“In these urgent times, I’m passionate
about bringing ecoliteracy including
new ecological thinking, values,
language and head-heart-body
practices in empowering
transformative learning
to the creative and wider cultural
sector. Creative and cultural sector
professionals have a crucial
leadership role if informed and
supported. They can employ their
social inclusivity and creativity skills
to inspire diverse communities to
envision and embrace new
understandings, values and actions
for a more beautiful and just world.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD:  ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), | Accredited 
ESD Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor. In 2022, Cathy was nominated as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator by Earth Charter International.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald

Ecological artist for the ongoing Hollywood Forest Story (begun 2008), Advisor for Creative Drummin Carlow Bog project, Accredited ESD* Earth Charter educator | researcher | advisor & mentor.

In 2022, Cathy was nominated by Earth Charter International, UNESCO Chair for ESD as Earth Charter Focal Point Communicator for Ireland.

*ESD is the UN-mandated shift in global formal and lifelong learning toward Education for Sustainable Development

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