In 1981, the United Nations unanimously established September 21st as the International Day of Peace. This day is devoted to:
“Strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.“
Since this is an international holiday, there are many different ways in which people can show their hope that one day we will live in a world where people are at peace with each other and the living beings in nature.
Ways to Commemorate the International Day of Peace
People all over the world have developed their own traditions around this concept, so it may be a bit overwhelming which is why we have a few ideas few ideas to get you into the swing of things.
A Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace. Around the world at 12:00 Noon in each time zone to create a Peace Wave around the world.
Support Your local Roots & Shoots groups. Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, who has been a U.N. Ambassador since 2002 as she inspires us to live in harmony with nature and each other. One of our local Westchester groups did this by fundraising efforts for wolves.
Practice the theme of “Climate Action for Peace” in daily life. Use this day to give back to nature. It can be as simple as planting a tree or reusing plastic and glass containers to reduce the landfills. If you have kids you may want to pick a campaigns that can be done as a family such as the Wave of Hope which shares ways that we can help protect the oceans.
Light a Candle. Millions of people around the world will be lighting a candle our commitment to achieving this for everyone. When you light your candle you may want to consider choosing peaceful/calming scents that have woodsy scents, lavender, vanilla and other scents of home and safety.
We hope that these ideas have inspired you to consider ways to promote peace in your home, your local community and ultimately the world at large. “One small step for peace, onegiant leap for humanity.” Let’s take that small step together.