In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded the film project Peace One Day to document his efforts in creating an annual day of ceasefire and nonviolence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, Peace One Day achieved its objective when the United Nations unanimously adopted the International Day of Peace 21 September.
Since Peace Day 2007, 4.5 million children in Afghanistan have been vaccinated against polio, and the Taliban signed a ceasefire agreement that allows UNICEF to enter the country on the 21st of September. According the UN, there was a 70% reduction in violence on the day. Peace One Day’s goal for 2012 is to see a reduction in violence across the whole world. If it is possible in Afghanistan, it’s possible anywhere.
Last year, I hosted a three day blog event with a focus on art and connection with other people from various walks of life, and I was in awe at the participation. This year, I have decided to host a peace blogfest again, but in a simpler way, hoping to get more participants and to spread the word about Peace Day even more.
What does peace mean to you?
World peace? Inner peace? Peace through community relations or tranquil personal relationships? Peace by feeding and clothing the poor? Peace by teaching children not to bully? Peace through the arts, through education, through holding open doors for strangers, through smiling just because you can?
On International Peace Day Friday 21 September 2012 share your view on peace.
You can do this any way you would like. You can write a blog post about your experiences or your opinions. You can share a poem or short story that reflects your view on peace. You can do anything! Tell us what peace means to you!
I will also be hosting Peace Activities on the 21st of each month leading up to Peace Day, except for the first one, which will be announced tomorrow.