Day Global Peace Campaign
November 22 - December 22
by John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day, EarthSite.org
When President Kennedy
was killed forty years ago (November 22, 1963), the whole world
shared a feeling of compassion at the loss of this one man. This
was above and apart from any political consideration of his life
If, through modern communications, an equivalent feeling for peace
could be generated, new solutions to global problems would be
quickly found. Perhaps we would finally demonstrate that the power
of the spirit is greater than the power of the sword.
It is, therefore, proposed that on November 22, the fortieth anniversary
of the death of President Kennedy, the United Nations initiate
a global 30-day campaign for world peace.
During this campaign all the people of the world would be asked
to join each day in thoughts, words and deeds of peace. To further
this purpose, the United Nations would request leaders of all
nations to urge their citizens' participation in an all-out effort
to create a global climate for peace. This period could be declared
a "season of peace" in which humanity's best hopes for
the future would be proclaimed and aided.
It would be a time to report, feature and encourage --
Deeds of compassion, friendship and cooperation;
A time for emphasis on government and non-governmental activities
that heal, build and unite;
A time to remind ourselves that if we work together in good will,
this planet, this nest in the stars, will be a happy home for
the whole human family.
It is further proposed that to implement these aims all mass media
assist this campaign with headlines for human interest stories
of the many great endeavors which further understanding and cooperation.
And that the United Nations request the people of the world to
acclaim as peacemakers all those who refrain -- even at loss of
personal or national advantage -- from acts of violence, and whose
deeds reflect the pursuit of harmony and accord.
(While in human history -- and today -- powerful leaders have
spent billions for bombs, and pennies for peace, this peace campaign
will seek to convert the warmakers to peacemakers.)
This will be a period to join in one spirit the common elements
of different points of view. For this purpose all people will
be invited to take at least a minute each day to think, each in
their own way, about peace and good will -- looking for ways to
implement this objective.
This will be aided by radio and TV. They will each choose a minute
that will be broadcast each day. It will be repeated each day
at the same time. This "Minute for Peace" may contain
the sound of a bell, followed by the announcement that this is
Minute for Peace. This can be followed by music, or a brief statement
about the attitudes and actions that foster peace.
In this daily MINUTE FOR PEACE people in all religions who believe
in the power of prayer will be joined together and at the same
time joined with others who believe in the power of thought and
mind, and also with those humanitarians of no religion who believe
in the value of serious reflective thinking about peace. In this
way, individual thoughts and prayers for peace will be strengthened
by the growing consciousness of being joined by all the others.
This campaign will begin on November 22, and conclude on December
22, with an Hour of Peace in which the artists of the world will
join the children of the world in local and global radio and television
broadcasts of good will. These will be broadcast at 1900, 0300,
and 1100 GMT.
Bells will ring at times chosen locally to call attention each
day to Minute for Peace. On December 22 bells around the world
will signal a new beginning for the whole human family.
Minute for Peace can bring to the global mind a shift from the
present dangerous, mutual fear to a new and growing measure of
mutual trust. Then we will begin to really build the new world
of which poets and prophets have dreamed -- a world or freedom,
order, beauty and peace.
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