Jeremy Gilley’s enthusiasm reaches right out of the TED video and makes me sit up and say, “Yes! Crazy as it sounds, this just might work.”
I mean, really, the whole world agreeing to a global truce on September 21, 2012? What kind of wild idea is that? After all, International Peace Day has fallen on September 21st every year since 1982, and much of the world is still a bloody mess.
In 1999 Gilley decided he was the guy to move the vision forward. So he founded a film project called Peace One Day and set out to shift people from thinking a day of peace was a nice idea to nudging them into actually living it.
It’s the kind of outrageous vision we need if we are every going to put an end to wars. The Taliban in Afghanistan went along with it. Their day of ceasefire allowed millions of children to be vaccinated. On that September 21st, violence in the country went down by 70%.
Now Jeremy Gillen is working on a third film. The campaign launches September 21, 2011, and the campaign aims to have one day of peace all over the world. I love the idea so I’ve joined up. I’m member #2818. I’m just one person, but on that day I’m committing to peaceful relations with all around me.
Edward Everett Hale’s often-quoted words sum it up:
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
How about you? Will you sign on too?