Earth Charter for ecoliteracy and ESD – now in Irish / An Gaeilge



Over recent years, our learners and ourselves have realised the immense depth of the peoples’ Earth Charter (2000), as it is imbued with contributions, research and interpretations from many diverse thinkers, ethicists, educators, activists, theologians, scientists, business leaders and creative people.  

As a foundational set of accessible, universal social and environmental principles, UNESCO has endorsed The Earth Charter as an ethical framework to foster ecological thinking and to guide all citizens’ actions for a thriving, equitable, sustainable and more peaceful world. Thus as an instrument for values education it overcomes superficial, siloed actions and greenwashing. Importantly, UNESCO recognises the Earth Charter is essential to guide integrated global efforts towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Over time, we also became aware that the Earth Charter when it is translated, is powerfully relevant for inclusive community learning – it has already been translated into 65 languages! And there is more. When other countries have translated the Earth Charter, some have seen their storytellers, folktale scholars, poets and writers connect the ecological wisdom of old local stories to Earth Charter principles. Such translations and creative interpretations thus make the Earth Charter sing. The Earth Charter thus has much social power to engage people in a just transition, well beyond less motivating scientific facts, and dry government policy or corporate PR spin.

So I’m delighted to share that we have the Earth Charter now translated into Irish / An Gaeilge.

We are immensely grateful to Scotland-based, Kilkenny-born Gaeilgeoir and painter Phoebe Cope who has been on many of our courses and translated the Earth Charter and the children’s Earth Charter with such knowledge and passion. I know people who have been learning with us are already interested in these translations. Thank you so much, Phoebe (see Phoebe’s paintings and translation work here)

Painter and Gaeilgeoir Phoebe with her children – Phoebe has extensively translated all aspects of the childrens’ Little Earth Charter which includes children’s activities, pledges, and a song.

Phoebe also shared a wonderful vibrant painting that depicts her love for her homeplace for our article below that was shared last week in the Irish Dept. of Education’s ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) enewsletter. ESD is the recent shift in global learning toward a just sustainable era and the Department has just published ESD strategy for the entire education sector.

ESD is the recent shift in global learning toward a just sustainable era and the Department has just published ESD strategy for the entire education sector.

So, in a small way, we are beginning to alert many teachers and art educators across Ireland about the value of the Earth Charter to engage learners and envision whole-of-school and whole-of-sector change.

The Irish Translations can be downloaded from our new ‘Earth Charter’ tab in our navigation bar). See the following pages:

The article we submitted for the Irish Department of Education’s December 2022 ESD enewsletter:

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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