Introducing Doctor Renate Jakupca...
|Doctor Renate Jakupca
The Worlds First Honorary Doctorates in Environmental Arts and Peace Sciences from the Overseers of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was presented to David Jakupca and Ambassador Renate Jakupca on on September 11, 2016. as a Part of the International Peace Day Parma Peace Stone Dedication Ceremony, the Parma Bi-Centennial and in Remembrance of 9/11.
The Jakupca's worked on the Science behind Peace and Global Harmony by creating and developing the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts". Created in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife Kingdoms!
The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years. http://theicea.com/page22
The Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) had its conception at EXPO 2000, Germany's World's Fair 'Culture on the Move' segment. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a physical permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts'. This Universal Symbol of Living Peace was the WCPM Sculpture. The project was initiated at EXPO 2000 in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program and organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The WCPM was officially inaugurated in 2003 at the 3rd World Peace Conference held in Verbania, Italy where it received an Italian Medal of Arts Award. It is currently located at Coe Lake Park in Berea, Ohio http://bereabuzz.blogspot.com/2013/02/building-national-coast-to-coast-great.html
WHAT: The Parma Childrens Peace Stone Sculpture Dedication
WHEN: Saturday September 10th, 2016 at 4PM
WHERE: German Central Park
7863 York Rd, Parma, OH 44130
The Parma Peace Stone Sculpture at German Central Park is another step forward to nationalizing ‘Great American Peace Trail’, the coast-to-coast trail of WCPM Peace Stones in city parks designed to stop the violence in America’s youth. The WCPM Project also helps encourage positive community participation through the establishment of this international site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World.
RECOGNITION SPEECH ON THE OCCASION OF AWARD OF HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES IN ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS AND PEACE SCIENCES (HONORIS CAUSA) TO DAVID AND RENATE JAKUPCA, CONFERRED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS (ICEA) IN A CEREMONY AT GERMAN CENTRAL PARK, PARMA OHIO, ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2016.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a privilege and honor for David and I to be here and for me to share my thoughts with you today as the recipient of this Honorary Doctorate from an Institution that plays such a big part in developing the potential and talent of All the Worlds Children living in so many different parts of the world.
Forty-six years ago when I received my High School Diploma from Parma High School, I never dreamt I would be standing here today robed in scarlet. In accepting this award, I pay tribute to the heroic, inspirational activists I have worked alongside, including activists in Africa, Egypt, China, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Baluchistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Palestine and America.
The greatest honor I’ve had in my life is the privilege to know and support so many amazing, courageous human rights defenders around the world. I walk in their shadow, humbled by their bravery and sacrifice.
I am a Transylvania Saxon and was born in a small village in Austria, shortly after the Second World War. We lived disconnected from the world, but, at a very early stage in my life I found a language which helped me connect to the world and other peoples and other nations. This was and is the language of the arts and culture. This is a language without boundaries and it travels freely and safely among the people of the world.
Speaking this very unique language from an early age after immigrating to Cleveland, Ohio, I have always felt that the world is what we make of it. I just had to find the right way to communicate this idea, so that I could make my own contribution to building a more peaceful world through the arts with the help of an intercultural dialogue.
Thirty years after the creation of the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts, the ‘Universal Peace Equation’ was incorporated at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Designed to end the “plague of conflict,” we know all too well that human consciousness has not reached the level where war is unthinkable. All the Worlds Children, especially in poor countries, continue to suffer from the effects of violent conflict. Wars are diverting scarce human and financial resources from key areas such as healthcare and education to military spending, thereby reinforcing poverty, undermining economic growth and stunting progress of nations on all development indicators. In the developed countries, we are perpetuating the culture of conflict by spending the majority of our resources on maintaining the instruments of war, as if the lasting peace can be achieved through the threat of violence.
To the Children, your contribution towards peace is indispensable, because youth is synonymous with creativity and we need creativity to build a global sustainable Culture of Peace. Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be – then help make it happen. Be skeptical, question authority and be a rebel. Do not conform and don’t be ordinary. Remember, all human progress is the result of far-sighted people challenging orthodoxy, tradition and rich, powerful, vested interests. Be daring, show imagination and take risks. You need to use the Theory of Iceality to pursue innovative thinking and action not as an option but as a necessity, for the current state of the world attests that business-as-usual approaches to building peace and sustainable development are not working.
The Worlds Children Peace Monument - the pioneering international project designed to promote peace around the world for all living things, is based on the recognition that sustainable peace begins within Iceality. For me, peace starts with accepting and celebrating differences that distinguish us from each other and at the same time unite us in one family: Human, Animal and Plants. We need to live in unity, serve others compassionately and lead peacefully towards a bright future for All the Worlds Children.
Iceality is a value-driven force that helps individuals and communities define their identities and find spiritual, intellectual, emotional and moral fulfillment.
Promoting the shared awareness of Iceality removes important bases for emergence or re-emergence of violence, and builds personal and social capacity for sustainable peace. Iceality also directly contributes to the achievement of important human developmental goals, such as eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality, combating diseases, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
I am committed to an Iceality based intercultural dialogue and was very fortunate to start working with David in Cleveland in founding the ARK in Berea and developing the International Center for Environmental Arts in Cleveland, Ohio.
ICEA has created joint WCPM programs, thinking and working together with other enlightened Worlds Children in celebration of each others rich, multi-layered culture. These are programs are where the community, business and religious leaders and the government administration joined hands with the young and old, and each one involved contributing to the goal in whichever way they could. The goal is to impart young people with attaining an education, with technical skills which would raise their employability and contribution to a sustainable global society as social entrepreneurs.
International diplomacy through Iceality is the key for us to understand and to create space for an inter-cultural dialogue, and thereby to make the best use of the enormous spiritual and intellectual wealth that the Earth beholds - All the Worlds Children.
May you all have the good fortune to know someone who will give you the motivation to experience the joy and satisfaction you receive from helping others.
With these thoughts in mind, I proudly but humbly stand before you to accept this Honorary Doctorate on Environmental Arts and Peace Sciences which you have so kindly bestowed upon me.