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Film Poster Peace One DayWho wouldn’t like to live in a more peaceful society, even a world without war at all?  In 1999, a renewed movement toward just that was begun.  Jeremy Gilley, an actor and filmmaker, conceived of a day when a ceasefire would take place in all war zones, when non-violence would be practiced, for that one day.  In 2001, through the efforts of Gilley and his organization, Peace One Day, the United Nations unanimously adopted Peace Day, to recur annually, on September 21.

Gilley has made two films to promote the effort, Peace One Day and The Day After Peace.  His goal is to make Peace Day “self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, [and] a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.”  On Peace Day, with a complete ceasefire, humanitarian organizations have been able to surge food and medical help into distressed areas, where normally they would be in mortal danger.  Even the Taliban has been cooperating with the effort.

One of Gilley’s programs is the Global Truce campaign, aimed at two results:  first, mobilizing

Jeremy Gilley Ted Talk

Jeremy Gilley Ted Talk

more individuals than ever before, in the name of peace, and second, achieving the greatest drop in violence ever, in one day.  All this on September 21, 2013.  A series of coalitions have begun to share strategies and inspire each other.

According to the Peace One Day report for 2012, Peace Day 2012 activities reached about 280 million people, or 4% of the world’s population.  The goal is ultimately to reach 3 billion people.  Peace One Day helps individuals and groups become inspired as to specific activities they will conduct to reduce violence this year.  The 2013 theme is:  “Who Will You Make Peace With?”

To learn more about Peace One Day, and ways you or your organization can get involved, go to www.peaceoneday.org.  In 2011, Gilley gave a Ted Talk of 18 minutes, on the origin and activities of Peace One Day.  Find it on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=04SEzifEsGg .

Peace is on the move.  Are you in?

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (on Amazon.com >Books>Buckley), and the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (on Amazon.com >Books>Button).  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.

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