never have occurred to you when you were kind to someone who was
different or when you took a time out so that you wouldn't hit your
brother or sister that you were working for world peace.
guess what -- that's just what you were doing. Because every time we
make a choice that creates more peace in our own life....we are
practicing a way of being, a way of doing that can stick with us our
whole life long and have huge consequences, for ourselves, for our
families, and for many others who touch our lives.
no one can say where the little choices we make in our lives will
lead, nor what big choices we may have to make later in our lives.
things for sure, the people you see or hear about who do things that
really hurt people (sometimes large numbers of people) almost
get enough practice making peaceful choices -- before
lives took them to them moment where they began doing serious harm
to themselves and to others.
had been practicing the art of choosing peace long before that
moment, then they would have known the right thing to do when the
So now is
the time to begin asking yourself, "What can I do to create more
peace, in my own life... and in the world?" Look over the links
below for more information on how you can help create peace in the
world. Then talk it over with your family, your friends, and your
teacher. Make a plan for what action you can begin taking, right now.
Did you know that kids have written letters to
leaders of other countries to get other kids freed from prison and
from forced military duty? Yes, they have. And you can too. Contact
Amnesty International to find out what you can do to help.
The International Children's
Peace Prize is presented annually to a child, whose courageous or
otherwise remarkable acts have made a difference in countering problems,
which affect children around the world.
The Red Cross does more than give out bandages
and blankets in times of disaster. In countries torn apart by war,
members of the Red Cross have taken an active role in trying to
negotiate peace between warring groups. They also work to convince
people to respect humanitarian law [to lessen the cruelty inflicted],
help reconnect families torn apart by war and disaster, and provide
information about crisis situations in other countries long after our
own news media has grown bored and stopped talking about it.
To make a donation or to learn more about
what's going on in the world, check them out!
This Swedish based organization has contacts in
60 countries around the world. It "aims to promote contact and
cooperation between young people around the world and their schools,
through active participation in shared projects, vital for our time
(e.g. Environment, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Constructive
Collaboration)." Check it out and learn how you can take action
The Peace Pal Projects are the
One People, One Planet whose visions states that, "The children of the world will no longer see war or mutual hostility as an acceptable condition, because they have learned to accept and value each others’ differences."
War and hatred is fed by
ignorance, frustration, and the despairing belief that only violence can
make change. But in his travels through the mountains of Pakistan,
chronicled in his book Three Cups of Tea,
Dr. Greg Mortenson rediscovered the fact that education, and the
positive opportunities it created, could help set young people on the
path toward peace and prosperity - even when many outsiders thought
these same young people were inevitably fated to embrace violence,
bigotry, and hatred.
The Pennies for Peace
project is a grass roots effort to raise money to build schools for
those who would otherwise have none.