Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.
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With gatherings a challenge this year, what could be better than to actively participate in promoting this day. You can talk about this day with those around you, share it on social media networks or simply become aware of the opportunities that are available to us in Canada. Here are a few other ideas:
- Take a photo or video that exemplifies peace for you,
- Do something that symbolizes peace for you,
- Write about those aspects of peace that inspire you?
- One way to celebrate is to spread compassion, kindness and hope. How has this been manifest for you?
- Publish your message on social networks and use the hashtag #internationaldayofpeace.
Servas Canada Peace Team