PEACE ONE DAY is a concept created by Jeremy Gilley, an actor turned film maker, who in the late 1990’s felt overwhelmed by what he saw going on, on our planet.
Everywhere Jeremy looked, he was met with visions of conflict, destruction, fighting, oppression and misery. He began to question the fundamental nature of humanity and the issue of peace.
In 1999, Jeremy founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation and began to enthusiastically campaign for a day of Global Peace. He wanted the world to have ONE DAY, that was recognised globally every year, by all nations, as a day of cease fire, a day of PEACE.
In 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the United Nations unanimously adopted the first-ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September annually – Peace Day.
Every year since the United Nations officially created Sept 21st as Peace Day, thousands of people around the world have shown their support . In large and small ways, ordinary folks have committed to adding their individual positive energy to the global peace energy of the day.
Mass meditation In Sri Lanka - Peace Day Sept 21st 2007
In 2007 according to the United Nations, over 100 million people were active on Peace Day, in 192 countries.
There were life-saving initiatives in 14 countries, and over 80 activities in Afghanistan alone where 1.4 million children were vaccinated against polio.
PEACE ONE DAY held on the 21st Sept every year, is a truly wonderful idea, because you and I and everyone we know can get involved. We can make it happen..
FOR ONE DAY, if we all come together, we could create Peace on the whole entire planet.. imagine it.. peace everywhere..
We are a global community and together we have immense power. A positive power that many of us may have forgotten we possess. We can realise once again, our united power and by supporting PEACE ONE DAY on Sept 21st we have a chance to see it in action.
We can all contribute to peace, no matter how big or small on Sept 21st 2008. It is an opportunity to unite, as an entire community and commit to PEACE for ONE DAY.
United Nations Peace Day Poster
Sports giant Puma have got involved promoting football games around the world on Sept 21st 2008. All around the globe celebrations and events are happening.
The days catch phrase is ‘What will you be doing on sept 21st?‘
Its a good question.. Dont you think? What will you be doing?
Check out the website, watch the video clips Ive linked to this article and visit the various information sites & global event listings Ive linked to. (highlighted words throughout on the site)
Its a great opportunity to connect to something you really care about on a global scale.. there are so many fun ways to show your support… here’s a list to give you some inspiration..
* Create an event in your neighbourhood or workplace
* Have free story tellings from the childrens book peace one day in the park.
* Decide to volunteer at a worthy cause for one day
* Organise a BBQ with friends in the name of peace one day
* Get some T-shirts made up for your friends and wear them proudly from now and until sept 21st
* Arrange a free concert if you are a musician
* If you are wealthy, create a scholarship for peace studies
* Give away free hugs in your city centre
* Create a petition in support of peace, get loads of people to sign it then send it to your local MP
There are so many ways to support the day. Be creative, Be unique, Be Involved!
Check out peace One Day’s website for more ideas on how you can be involved.
Until next time,
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