Hi, everyone. My name is Jeremy Gilley. Ten years ago I had the idea to create an annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence. I’m a filmmaker, so I decided to document my journey. After I traveled the world to try and make it happen, in 2001 every member state of the United Nations adopted the day, fixed as September 21 annually — Peace Day. The UN resolution asks everyone in the world — governments, organizations, and individuals like you and me — to mark September 21st each year.
Peace One Day, the organization that I started 10 years ago, is doing lots of things to help people mark Peace Day in any way they can — through music, film, sports, education, the web, and more. Why are we doing all this? Well, if we can unite the world, then maybe in the future things will change. Communication and cooperation between countries and cultures — this is the key to humanity’s survival. Marking Peace Day and taking it seriously is the first step.
How can you get involved? We’re asking young people on THE STACKS to share ideas for how to mark Peace Day every year. What’s something that everyone can do on September 21st to show their support for global peace? Imagine, for example, if young people all over the world said sorry to someone where it was needed. It would be a powerful message of solidarity, forgiveness, and hope. If you have any other ideas we’d love to hear them; you can post your ideas on the Save the Planet message board until the day of the webcast. Keep an eye on the message board for more details.
Let us know your thoughts on this blog. It really is up to you. It’s your generation that can create a united and sustainable world. With your help there will be Peace One Day.
— Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day