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Peace and its many aspects

1,000,000-a nice round number

I just learned about 1,000,000 Acts of Peace, a new peace movement based in Thailand (I think).    Here is the press release about the new movement:

“August 7, 2009

New International Peace Movement Launched Today

Bangkok – Today marks the launch of A Million Acts of Peace, a new international peace movement that is challenging one million people from around the world to commit to doing one act of peace.

A Million Acts of Peace is coordinated by four Rotary International Peace Scholars from Canada, India and the Philippines, who believe that small acts undertaken by large groups can bring about big change in our world.

A Million Acts of Peace will allow individuals to take action to bring about peace, an issue that most people do not feel they have the power to influence.

A Million Acts of Peace invites you to visit our website at http://www.millionactsofpeace.com for further information on the campaign, to track acts of peace around the world and to send us your ideas.”

On this page, they provide some suggestions for “acts of peace”:

Work in a community garden
Teach someone how to read
Participate in a political process
Break up a fight at school
Join an international pen-pal network
Listen actively when someone speaks
Do not repeat hurtful jokes
Make a video about peace and post it online
Forgive a past hurt
Take a class in conflict resolution
Write and share a poem about peace
Befriend someone from another culture
Learn about the history of another country
Be polite at checkpoints
Organize a peaceful demonstration
Volunteer

When somebody does one of these things they can write to the movement and the act will be added to the list (though I can’t find the contact email address on the site!).

Hmmm…kind of reminds me of an old joke (which I won’t repeat here):  what do you call 1,000,000 acts of peace?  A good start!  🙂

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August 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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