Peace One Day Attainable and Sustainable?
Peace one day is a significant challenge. The competition of violent games, horrific news stories, crazy reality shows, famine, drought, warring hotspots, and world economic stress makes the odds of attaining peace seem astronomical. Achieving peace will take super-power energy and plenty of conviction. Our record for getting there seems to fall short in most cases. So, how do we succeed where others have failed? The answer may come from a global initiative and commitment of young people. Can our children lead us to global peace?
When the United Nations member states in 1981 unanimously adopted September 21st as Peace Day, it could have been left an obscure note on the calendar, but it wasn’t. That day has become a celebration for the Peace One Day movement, founded by Jeremy Gilley. It is also a day where we can concentrate on humanitarian help efforts, such as vaccinations, feeding the hungry, and ways of sustaining peace. I know we’re talking about one day, but that one day has a proven record for reducing violence in some of the most violent areas of the world. Imagine that day sparking more days, where peace was more a reality than a concept.
Each year on September 21st, Peace Day, students are encouraged to get involved and gather for peace in whatever way they’d like. The goal is to achieve the largest global truce—ever—on that one day. Peace Day Registration: http://peaceoneday.org/
Educators, parents, and anyone around the globe can help guide students and children as they organize for the big day and its events. Check the Planet and Peace One Day websites for more information, as well as video and classroom suggestions. Talking with your students and with your children about the subject of peace on a daily basis makes sense. Have you done that today? Talk home–locally, and then lead up to a global conversation. You may be talking to someone who can make a lasting difference.
“Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Oh, when will they ever learn?” ~Pete Seeger