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For the 5-month countdown, Jeremy Gilley sent a letter to Peace One Day’s supporters, offering an update of the campaign including the Peace One Day coalitions and what we all can do to raise awareness of Peace Day as never before.
Imagine where we could be on Peace Day 2013 if the 280 million people aware of the day in 2012 were to tell just one other person? Just one more person, that’s all it takes. A family member, colleague, classmate or friend; we would be closer than we’ve ever been before to a world united in the name of peace on one day – 21 September. All it takes is to tell one more person.
‘In 2013, over 600 million people will be aware of the day because of people like you’ explains Jude Law in this short film that you can view here.
We are all part of the global peace process. The analysis conducted with the support of McKinsey & Co. found that in 2012, 2% of those aware of Peace Day behaved more peacefully as a result – 5.6 million people. In 2013 over 600 million will be aware of the day; we forecast that 4% of those – over 24 million people – will act more peacefully.
Sharing the message is something we can all do now. Here are a few ideas:
- Ask your +1 to join the movement for Peace Day on the Peace One Day homepage.
- Share this message through Facebook and twitter, encouraging your +1 to connect with Peace One Day’s Facebook page and Twitter account. If you are on Google+ why don’t you ask your +1 to ‘+1’ Peace One Day?
- Share this letter and ask your +1 whether he/she can share it with his or her +1.
Creating a chain of support is the multiplier effect that will enable the message of Peace Day to spread further around the world, manifesting wide-scale action as never before. So who is your +1, who will you bring together for Peace Day – Who Will You Make Peace With on September 21, 2013?
I have recently returned from Mexico and am currently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Support in Latin America has been fantastic and continues to grow. Watch this space.
Faith Coalition – 57 organisations and leaders in 83 countries
Last month, lead partner Religions for Peace, together with KAICIID, launched a five-year multi-religious initiative to prevent childhood mortality in Uganda, which will be expanded to five other African countries.
Student Coalition – 327 student bodies active in 92 countries
In my recent trip to Guadalajara, Mexico I spoke at the Tecnológico de Monterrey to over 700 students as part of Coca Cola Mexico’s ‘Possibility Sessions’.
NGO Coalition – 481 NGOs active in 134 countries
I am visiting an AfroReggae project in Vigário Geral, Rio to see how their work offers the community a creative alternative to violence.
‘Reducing Domestic Violence’ Coalition – 225 organisations active in 91 countries
A recent report shows that 66% of Mexican women over the age of 15 have experienced physical or emotional abuse at work, home or school. Coalition member, ADIVAC has released its 2013 course of studies providing practical tools for the prevention of violence.
Corporate Coalition – 5 international corporations
On the 11th of March, Jeremy and the Head of Social Good at Skype, Andy Schmidt, took to the stage at SXSW to speak about how Peace One Day and Skype work together to spread the message of Peace Day around the world.
Schools’ Network – 796 schools active in 100 countries
On 24th April, I travelled to Escola Dinamis, a school in Rio, for the 3rd PeaceTalk. This school connected with Burlington High School in Massachusetts, USA via Skype to share stories about peace and learn from one another. For more information, check out the PeaceTalks page.
As I am in Brazil here’s a couple of films showcasing the support of Peace Day from Latin America in recent years.
Peace Day is everyone’s legacy and we all have a role to play. It’s not just what we can do individually; it’s also what we can do together. So please spread the word and start thinking about how you will mark Peace Day – 21 September.