Our First International Day of Peace - Eva Varga

September 20, 2010

Jane Goodall carries her message of peace with the natural world through her worldwide outreach efforts, the mission and work of the Jane Goodall Institute, and especially through the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.

“To achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other, but also stop destroying the natural world.”

Each year, in her role as a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall calls upon members and friends of Roots & Shoots to celebrate the annual UN International Day of Peace on September 21. Through projects that promote peace among people and the natural world, as well as the symbolic “flying” of their signature Giant Peace Dove Puppets, Roots & Shoots members show their dedication to creating a better, more peaceful future for generations to come.

As I hoped to have several families gather to celebrate the completion of our interpretive sign project, I also planned to fly a giant peace dove for the first time in recognition of Roots & Shoots groups world-wide.

When we woke this morning the weather threatened to ruin our plans. It was pouring down rain for most of the morning. It fortunately cleared off by early afternoon and we were able to proceed. It was very windy however, and our peace dove was a little unwieldy for the kiddos.  I had hoped to get a group picture in front of the dove – moms and kids both – but alas, there is always next year.

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