International Peace Day

September 22, 2018

Quote of the Week

"If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." --Mother Teresa

International Peace Day Challenge

"Join with people around the world by observing the International Day of Peace! People in cities, communities and villages worldwide have engaged in the International Day of Peace in diverse and meaningful ways. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” But let’s face it... we need more than a strengthening of ideals or a day to commemorate peace, we need a global movement. We need weeks, months, and years of sustained peaceful, compassionate action to remedy the escalating chaos on our planet and the time is NOW. We can celebrate and honor the founding of Peace Day as an inspiration and a starting point but now we will take it to a new level. Are you up for the challenge? This link provides a series of tools, links, and global events to guide you on your journey to a more peaceful world.  You can also find more ideas on how to participate in the International Day of Peace with your family here.

Reading Corner

Title: Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story From Africa
By: Jeanette Winter
Ages: Preschool and up

"People are fighting over water, over food…/ we plant the seeds of peace.” Wangari’s Trees of Peace tells the inspiring story of Kenyan environmentalist, Women’s Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. When Wangari returns home from studying in the US, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down. She starts planting trees and soon inspires great change. This book shows the huge positive impact that one person can make." --Publishers

Be the Change

You can download a "peace day challenge checklist" and try out some of the ideas in this link  to celebrate International Peace Day with your children.  You can also learn how to make your very own Peace Book from our friends at Mindful Littles here.