On the International Day of Peace it is important to reflect what peace means to us both individually and as a global community. To some people peace means taking away access to weapons, to others it means accepting and supporting people who are considered different than you, and for some people it just means getting your daughters to stop fighting over who stole whose clothes first (I’m looking at you, Mom and Dad!).
In a world where violence and conflict are often the highlight reel on the news, there are many ways that we can give our piece for peace. In celebration of the International Day of Peace, let’s take a look at 10 different gives that could support international peace.
Giving Your Time
There are many organizations who are focused on the fight for international peace, and many of them are looking for people to volunteer to help their cause. Volunteering your time for one of these organizations would allow you to use your strengths – whether it’s a DIY sign to promote your cause, or a very well-organized list of contacts for the organization to reach out to – in order to support the organizations that support peace.
- Look for volunteer opportunities at international peace organizations like Canadian Voice of Women for Peace or Pathways to Peace.
- Search for protests in your area that support your cause. If protesting isn’t for you, try to support those who are protesting by bringing coffee, snacks, or spreading their message to friends and family.
- Knowledge is power! A lot of times, people just don’t know about the conflicts that are occurring in the world. Be the one to spread the word and inspire others to support international peace.
- Take the time to learn about the history of international peace (including the times that were very much the opposite of peaceful), or what the big struggles of international peace are today. Books like Alpha by Bessora Barroux, or I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai are great places to start.
- International peace does not have to be fighting against governments, or large-scale political groups. For international peace to happen, everyone has to have feelings of peace. Listening to a friend, colleague, or family member about their problems could give someone a lifetime of peace.
Giving Your Skills
We aren’t all good at everything (my art teachers can assure you of this). Everyone has different strengths, and each one could work to promote international peace in some way. You don’t have to be volunteering for any organization to be able to use your skills. Be proactive and find ways that you can support peace in your daily life!
- Skilled at writing? Blog! Spreading the news, spreading awareness, reaching audiences that would have otherwise been unaware of what they can do for international peace.
- If you’re creative and well organized, come up with a fundraising campaign that will raise money for organizations like the Red Cross , or to a local organization in an area where peace is not the norm – like the White Helmets in Syria.
- Create a documentary, or photo exhibition that inspires peace. Showing people that peace is possible is very underrated. Sometimes all people need is positive inspiration, and visual storytelling is a great way to do that. Check out The Sunrise Storyteller as an awesome example of this.
- Host a multicultural meal, celebrating the cuisine and traditions of different cultures.
- Put on a concert or a show to highlight why we need international peace, or to protest areas where it doesn’t exist. Trust me, music is incredibly influential. Don’t believe me? Look up Estonia’s Singing Revolution.
Of course, in addition to all of these things, donating money to peace organizations and allowing them to do what they do best is always an option. To get more information on organizations like this, and to discover more ways to use your own talents to give back, sign up for a free 365give membership today!