What are Earth Charter folks doing to observe Peace Day??
There is a new initiative of Peace One Day, the U.K. based non profit....One Day One Dance. Yes, it's as simple as dancing together on Sept. 21st in the spirit of Peace. It is also a great day to launch a Roots and Shoots environmental program, make amends with someone, organize a soccer match, make Pinwheels for Peace, launch a humanitarian effort....the possibilities are endless. Please think about making a commitment to DO something on September 21st....large and small, it is all part of the whole, and you'll be observing the day with millions of others on the planet.
It would be great if you could help us organize something for this special day - would you be interested?
I would absolutely be interested. I am new to this network so would like to know what resources are within the membership that could be utilized for a Peace Day event or a number of events under the umbrella of the Earth Charter nationwide. If anyone has resources, ideas, space, etc. to offer to the discussion, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about the International Day of Peace and highlighted projects, please go to www.internationaldayofpeace.org.
One idea I would specifically be interested in is using technology to link groups, especially youth, in various parts of the world to encourage peaceful dialogue. I am hoping to connect a Philadelphia school with a youth group in Kenyan slums before their ONE DAY ONE GOAL soccer events. I think the visual experience and interaction will help youth feel connected to others around the globe on Peace Day as they play soccer for Peace. Last year, over 700 matches were played worldwide in all 192 member states of the United Nations. Please see the ONE DAY ONE GOAL video I posted for more info on this initiative: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx3R26x0hGQ ).
I live in the Philadelphia area, and for Peace Day 2010 I helped with a ONE DAY ONE GOAL soccer event at a Philadelphia Friends (Quaker) school. The school hosted and invited youth from other schools, public and private, and held special assemblies and discussions about Peace, citizenship and good sportsmanship (see http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2052724&id=1491586989&... for pictures from this event). At my son's preschool, I helped organize a day of Peace activities....reading a book about Peace (Todd Parr's "Peace is..."), Peace art that was displayed around the school, learning the song "I've Got Peace Like a River." Parents also made pinwheels decorated with peace thoughts and images which the students then put in the ground outside the main entrance (www.pinwheelsforpeace.com). Another local school made a giant peace dove and had a special Peace Day parade (go to www.rootsandshoots.org for info on how to make your own). A local yoga studio sponsored a day of yoga and meditation activities to observe the day.
Two Philadelphia area film venues also held community screenings of the award-winning documentary "The Day After Peace" by Jeremy Gilley, founder of the U.K. based Peace One Day (www.peaceoneday.org). This film follows Gilley as he makes a case for giving Peace Day a fixed calendar date of 9/21 and adding the cease-fire aspect to observing the day. The film culminates in the successful administering of Polio vaccines in Afghanistan to 1.4 million of young children, a life saving activity made possible by Peace Day's cease fire.See the trailer for this film at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT_GqcZ2tf4. This film is available for community screenings on or around Peace Day at www.peaceoneday.org.
On Peace One Day's website there is also a free 34-minute version that can be used in school-based Peace education. Peace One Day also developed Peace education resources for 9-12 graders, which is now available to U.S. schools FOR FREE thanks to underwriting from Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. Go to http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/education/ABOUT-THE-RESOURCES for more information about these FREE resources, which can be modified to individual curriculum's and strengthen citizenship and anti-bullying efforts at schools.
These are just a few ideas based on what I was involved with last year. It would be great to see schools integrating the free education resources into their curriculum, with Peace Day as a launch date, or to begin a Roots and Shoots initiative (the youth and environment program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall: www.rootsandshoots.org). Administrators and teachers need to be approached NOW so that they can decide on how they would like to observe Peace Day and do the necessary planning. By June it is too late from the planning standpoint for school-based Peace Day activities!
Thanks to all for taking the time to review this information....I hope to connect with others soon to make something happen for Peace Day 2011! As I mentioned, we'll be observing the day with millions of others around the world.
Apologies for taking us so long to reply...
We just created a new group tonight called Earth Charter Educators and invited all teachers and educators on the network to join so that they can all bring their brilliant minds together. You ideas are awesome and perhaps if you created a 'International Day of Peace' group as a place where other members may connect and collaborate with you then we can send an announcement out in the next broadcast? It is super easy to create a group and if you need any help just let us know.