Art has a critical role in these urgent times of ecological emergency. Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD., talks about how eco art practices have immense social power to inspire people to live differently, to live well with the Earth and its inhabitants. She talks with others working in this exciting, rewarding area and about the challenges and opportunities involved. Eco art matters - it helps engage and inspire us for the better world we know is possible.
Cultural Climates: Fostering Art for Sustainability in Ireland
Eco-social artist, researcher and educator, Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, talks of how her ongoing (since 2008) Hollywood Forest Story, and how it helped her develop ecoliteracy and agency to promote new-to-Ireland permanent forestry from her small forest in rural South County Carlow, Ireland.
In the efforts to develop her work, Cathy reviewed overseas art and sustainability programmes (Fitzgerald, 2017) for the Irish Arts Sector.
Goodbye Anthropocene - Hello Symbiocene
Dr Cathy Fitzgerald, discusses the new era, the Symbiocene. The Symbiocene is the new epoch in human history, beyond the ecocide of the Anthropocene, in which emergent humanity celebrates and respects all life's diversity and develops new Earth-aligned intellectual and emotional features. Cathy's talk identifies that the Symbiocene can help cultural workers frame their work, especially ecological art practices situated in communities that help people envision a better, more just and beautiful world.