Every 21st of September is set aside to celebrate the International Day of Peace. This is the day “the United Nations calls on all nations and people to put down their weapons and reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony with one another“.
Sadly, our world today is characterized by conflicts, wars, terrorism, racism, xenophobia, inequality, instability etc. Without doubts, no one is born with a mandate to be an agent of war or terrorism or marked on the forehead with the inscription, “Go into the world and destroy”. I believe strongly that our immediate surroundings/environment, family, culture, friends, education, political affiliations are major influencers on what we become, how we behave and the concepts we conceive and act on.
I have had the opportunity of visiting individuals who woke up happily, ready to begin the day based on set plans only to be met by a twist of fate, leading to loss of loved ones, property and sometimes sanity; All because of wrong ideas of what humanity actually stands for.
No meaningful progress can be recorded when all factors that elude peace are in existence. We are in a world with about 7 billion people which explains the diversity in orientations. This suggests that not everyone would believe or accept similar ideologies. Because someone does not accept your stand does not justify violent disruptions or attacks.
Wars have led to loss of lives to death or disabilities, displaced government/communities, trampled potentials. It is in our hands to know better, that Peace should not be negotiated but ought to be a way of life.
As we celebrate World Peace Day, i humbly sympathise with all who have suffered the effects of lack of peace directly or indirectly. Your pain is not taken for granted. For those who are fortunate not to have experienced unpleasant moments, please, be intentional in being a force for peace in your little way.
On the other hand, apart from the obvious human-to-human activities that constantly diminish peace, there are ways with which we are at war with our planet. This is the premise for this year’s theme, ” Climate Action for Peace”.
On 23rd September, the United Nations will host the Climate Change Summit with the following action portfolios in view as seen in the United Nations Webpage:
- “Finance: mobilizing public and private sources of finance to drive decarbonization of all priority sectors and advance resilience;
- Energy Transition: accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, as well as making significant gains in energy efficiency;
- Industry Transition: transforming industries such as Oil and Gas, Steel, Cement, Chemicals and Information Technology;
- Nature-Based Solutions: Reducing emissions, increasing sink capacity and enhancing resilience within and across forestry, agriculture, oceans and food systems, including through biodiversity conservation, leveraging supply chains and technology;
- Cities and Local Action: Advancing mitigation and resilience at urban and local levels, with a focus on new commitments on low-emission buildings, mass transport and urban infrastructure; and resilience for the urban poor;
- Resilience and Adaptation: advancing global efforts to address and manage the impacts and risks of climate change, particularly in those communities and nations most vulnerable”.
Like the saying goes, nature cannot negotiate, it gives back what is invested in it. Let us work towards being conscious in making the world a better place for all.
Peace with the planet and ourselves should be your mantra.
Happy World Peace Day.