Why do we celebrate the International Day for Peace?

This year, the United Nations dedicates Peace Day to the Earth in an urgent call to restore our connection with nature.

By Alejandro Ruelas

Sep 18, 2019

Each year on September 21st, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. For one day, the whole planet comes together in a call for unity for all mankind, and to promote actions that lead the global community on a more harmonious path. 

It was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution. Since then, Peace Day has been recognized in every country on Earth, taking many shapes and colors across cultures. 

Peace can have diverse meanings. I can be understood as ceasing conflict between nations, using dialogue for coexisting with our neighbors, or even to feel at ease and take care of ourselves. The call for world peace is a wide-ranging movement that spans across education, health, social justice, and the arts. 

2019 Peace Day Theme

This year, however, the International Day for Peace is dedicated to the Earth. The UN has vowed to use this solemn occasion to highlight the importance of addressing climate change. In the context of a rapid deterioration of the natural world, governments and citizens are urged to take significant steps towards creating a sustainable future. 

Climate Action is number 17 on the list of Sustainable Development Goals, a series of objectives adopted by the UN Member States in 2015 to work towards a peaceful future for all. Furthermore, on September 23, the United Nations will convene a Climate Action Summit devoted to accelerating the implementation of strategies in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

At AZULIK, we join that call for reconciliation with nature. Human beings must understand that we do not exist in opposition to the natural world, but as an integral part of it. We are elements of an interconnected system, and we need every bit of it to survive. The environment is our home. We must respect it as such. 

You are invited to be part of a movement of consciousness. Go back to nature and remember that this is where we come from. Get once again in tune with your surroundings, and as you feel back in touch with nature, channel your thoughts towards world peace. On this day, we must know that together, in harmony with what is essential, we can actually make a difference. 

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