Dr. Goodall was appointed as UN Messenger of Peace in 2002 by then Secretary General Kofi Annan. As a Messenger of Peace she started a worldwide campaign and appealed to people worldwide to care for their fellow men, to get involved and to live together in peace and harmony.
As a symbol of their commitment she encourages especially children and adolescents to tinker giant “Peace Doves” made of fabrics to let them fly as symbols for global peace longing. Meanwhile thousands of “Peace Doves” fly around the globe at the UN International Day of Peace. Young people in all continents come together to act together with Jane Goodall for a peaceful together.
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Dr. Goodall’s Message for International Day of Peace 2019 >>
2019 Theme: “Climate Action for Peace”
The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent.
Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change.
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What can youth do to get involved?
Young people are stepping up to the challenge – close to half a million youth around the world have taken action on climate change in their homes, schools and communities.
In the video below, meet the young change-makers from around the globe who gathered at Windsor to spend one week with each other and work on projects with a common objective: a brighter future where people, animals and nature can live together in peace ↴↴↴
We live in dark times, but there is hope that shines in spite of it. You have the power to do something, each and every day to make this a better world for all life on Earth.
What role will you play?