Innovative 6-week online ‘Ecoliteracy course for Creatives and Art Educators’–seen as a success on Earth Day 2020

This post is from my Haumea Ecoliteracy for the Arts site from a few weeks ago: I have been so busy the last few months in launching my first pilot online course. As I’m just about to launch my next pilot course I thought my followers would like to hear how it went.

cathy fitzgerald | haumea ecoliteracy for the arts

ABOVE: ‘The Rapunzel Tree’ – new painting courtesy of Irish artist Rachel Webb, April 2020

In this planetary pause, there is more awareness that we need to live well with the Earth’s wider community of life. Creative practices–informed by ecoliteracy (ecological knowledge)–will have important social power to invite society to reflect and reimagine the better world we know is possible. Cathy Fitzgerald PhD., launched an innovative 6-week online ecoliteracy course for creatives that coincided with the pandemic. She reflects now that an accessible and engaging ecoliteracy education for our art sector shouldn’t cost the Earth.


“Today, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and I’m hosting the final live Zoom meeting of my pilot 6-week ecoliteracy for creatives course. My course has been timely–I have found a relatively low-cost means to share my eco-social art practice experience and knowledge of advances in the art and ecology area in an…

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Buy Nothing Day and the value of Art?

Several years ago, a comic artist/social activist, Ted Dave in Vancouver started the now global 'Buy Nothing Day*' which is today , November 27 in the US and November 28 Internationally. Often it is hard to gauge the effect that the creative area can bring to important issues and that charge is now being laid…Read more Buy Nothing Day and the value of Art?

Ghost Forest in London’s Trafalgar Sqaure?

There is a growing list of cultural activities planned for the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December, not so much in Ireland but more in the UK and Europe. See the RSA Arts for COP15 site for more info - you can join this site if you are creating work/exhibitions or just interested. Probably the…Read more Ghost Forest in London’s Trafalgar Sqaure?