Written by: Emma Akinlusi
The Mayors for Peace UK and Ireland Chapter meeting that took place on Friday 3rd July 2020, was an excellent opportunity for Peace Partners to shine a light on what we do, focusing on one of our flagship areas, the Peace Education Programme initiative that we have pioneered in the UK.
It was insightful to hear from the Lord Mayor of Manchester, find out about the development of the Mayors for Peace European Chapter, the ICAN Cities Appeal and commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks and the end of the Second World War. A poignant element included a personal insight from a policy advisor who had visited Hiroshima to learn more about its legacy.
Our lead on the Peace Education Programme gave a presentation to Mayoral figures outlining ways in which this initiative could be utilised by local regions and communities, with some interaction taking place to follow up with interested parties afterwards.
Look out for a more fuller report in our next e-bulletin about this important meeting and also our plans to acknowledge with peace declarations for the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima.
Peace Partners is supporting The Prem Rawat Foundation Peace Education Programme.
According to new research 10 million adults have been volunteering in their community during the Coronavirus outbreak and most say that they will carry on when the lockdown ends. The impact and importance of volunteering is evident.
Peace Partners would like to thank our incredible volunteers who continue to go the extra mile to support our work and make a difference to the lives of many individuals across the UK and around the world. The team are currently helping to secure funding to support vulnerable people in the society, working with Foodbanks to continue to provide vital supplies, and assisting international frontline work during COVID-19. This month our team has produced many heartfelt and peaceful projects to inspire wellbeing, including poetry and children’s activities. We have also hosted our first virtual Peace Education Programme. We would like to say a massive thank you to our team for all of their passionate work and dedication.
Written by: Louise Ingham
Today we are celebrating the 50th annual World Earth Day!
The theme for this year is Climate Action. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to humanity, wildlife and the planet and we all need to work together to combat it. Due to COVID-19, Earth Day has organised plenty of digital events through their website, visit www.earthday.org to get involved.
Here at Peace Partners we are focusing on how to keep positive and maintain our wellbeing during this challenging time. Despite the many difficulties and losses the crisis has brought, there have been noticeable benefits to the environment. We have seen significant drops in air pollution and carbon emissions across the world, due to decreased travel and industrial production.
There are plenty of ways you can help the environment from home and celebrate World Earth Day this year. Practical work that has a positive impact can be fantastic for improving your well-being. Simple things can help such as letting your grass grow wild in your garden – this encourages wildflower growth and protects wildlife that might live in your garden, such as dormice. and newts. You can put out bird food to help the bird population thrive, or place some moss and water into a bowl to provide a drink to the busy bees. Eating more vegetarian meals whilst at home can also have a hugely positive impact on reducing carbon emissions.