International Day of Peace 2012

The Roots & Shoots tradition is to celebrate the Day of Peace with with signature Giant Peace Dove Puppets, which have “flown” by young people and the young at heart in cities, towns, and villages near and far. As Dr. Jane says, “With these humble creations made out of reused materials, we remind everyone that peace is possible. We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year—and will do next year—to create a better world.”

Following Dr. Jane’s lead as a UN Messenger of Peace, members and friends of Roots & Shoots are called each year to celebrate peace in honor of United Nations International Day of Peace.  We participated for the third consecutive year.

So, what is International Day of Peace? Per General Assembly resolution 36/67 and 55/282, the United Nations has declared this day as a day devoted to strengthening ideals of peace among people and nations. Officially the UN calls member states (countries recognized by the UN) to recognize the day with a global ceasefire. That means that all of the countries, if they are actively fighting, are asked to put down their weapons for a day in the name of peace. Around the world, recognizing the day can happen in so many ways.

Would you like to build a Giant Peace Dove of your own?  Follow this link for instructions … Create a Giant Peace Dove Puppet .  Consider sharing pictures (or a link thereof) of your dove with us in the comments.

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥