Growing Together with Ambassador RenateToday, the ARK in Berea, Ambassador Renate and David joins people all over the world in celebrating Earth Day. We at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) know that all of our supporters treasure the myriad of animals, people and ecosystems scattered across our planet, and hope that as part of your Earth Day observances you are inspired to find ways Iceality can make a positive change on the Earth for All the Worlds Children.
2016 Earth Day Message from Ambassador Renate
There is a song done by Lorne Green called the ‘Place Where I worship is the Wide Open Spaces’ where the base line rises and dances with the treble that descends and then mirrors it with the words…’built by the hands of the Lord’. It is a piece that could also be known as a hymn called the Iceality Song. I am humming it now as I sit on ‘Big Rock’ over looking the river at the ARK in Berea and writing this morning's story for Earth Day.
This past year, recovering from Cancer, I have explored the Earth, finding fossils washed out of the Rocky River, observing life moving across the Urth Island, and these past few weeks watching the return of steel head trout heading up stream to spawn. I have seen Canadian Geese building their nests and have looked up at the sky and have been amazed at what has always been there above but we've never recognized, and in it all have found something about me.
|Map of Historic ARK in Berea, 44017|
Now that I think about it, there should be an International Iceality Day that would be more encompassing in its scope than any other celebration on the international calendar. Iceality Day would be a day of potential, especially for All the Worlds Children. It is not about something 'other', but something we can celebrate and hold as part of ourselves. It is as intimate as Earth Day is for the Plants and Animals and International Peace Day is for the Human's but more encompassing in its scope than any other celebration on the calendar. It is about US as much as it is about the Animals, Fish, and Birds, about the Plants and Trees, Land and Waters. There is no escaping the Planet Earth. Very few have done it and never for long. The two astronauts that are on the International Space Station are going to be off the Earth for a year; the longest time anyone has spent away from our planet yet…so the universal symbol of peace, the WCPM is ready for Peace in Space.Preaching for the Earth isn't always the way to go. This is not to say that there are not issues we need to look at and examine. There are. But we cannot see them until we look for ourselves. There is something that Benjamin Franklin wrote that said: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." All we can ask is for people to give it a look, a few minutes, the length of time of a favorite song. See what it is all about. We can treat nature as something outside us, outside the windows and doors of our homes, but it is Iceality, it is All of Us.
Earth Day seems like a good day to say thank you to all the people who support the Worlds Children from this last year. I thank you for spending your time with us. And thanks, Earth, for letting us get to know you. We look forward to getting to know you better and better.
"Happy Earth Day, everyone. And remember to thank Mother Gaia for her most amazing bounty: All The Worlds Children" Ambassador Renate.
Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)