Rising sea levels, birds and forests on the other side of the world - all our actions are connected. Artist/ film maker, Cathy Fitzgerald, has a background in science and fine art.
This film incorporates footage taken by Cathy on a biodiversity research trip to Suwarrow; a remote, un-peopled atoll in the Cook Islands, South Pacific, in 2000. Suwarrow is an important breeding place for seabirds of all types including the rare and very large Masked Booby; Cathy and fellow scientist Dr Rhys Jones, collected biodiversity data that was later published and the project was a jointly sponsored UN and Cook Island project.
While the trip may look idyllic, Cathy almost drowned when the yacht she and her colleague hitched a lift with was hit by a freak wave. Her new digital camcorder was destroyed but her old Hi8 survived to take this footage.
Many years later, Cathy is now actively involved in promoting ecological, permanent forestry in her small woodlands in Ireland; she blogs and creates works about converting her 20 year old conifer plantation to a permanent forest using Pro Silva, close to nature, forestry methods. She believes that small local ecologically based actions can have a positive effect globally.
**Thanks to Dan Berridge/Broadway Project for the use of his music in this film.
In 2010 Cathy returned to art college to research experimental ecocinema in theory and practice, ecoartfilm.com and continues to focus on her small forest. She has also worked to bring sustainable forestry into national green party policy in Ireland