After our interview in 2011 Shirley sent NUPRI a letter outlining 25 simple ways in which individuals can promote peace in their every-day lives, in their communities, in the nations and in the world. We though that in honour of her we would share these with you.
Since talking to you about peace I have though of so many more things that can and are being done for peace by individuals and groups.
- Wear a peace t-shirt or button
- Sign your letters "peace" instead of "yours"
- Visit the UN and take the tour
- Urge your mayor to join "Mayors for Peace"
- Go on all suitable peace walks
- Protest outside companies producing military goods
- Get your town, province, country declared a "Nuclear Free Zone" (Ontario is!)
- Get rid of war toys and label play areas "war toy free"
- Support campaigns to end nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, etc.
- Help publicize peace events--hand out leaflets
- Write letter to the editor
- Write a poem, story, or book!
- Join or start a "Raging Grannies" group
- Visit www.peacewomen.org
- LEarn about Security Council Resolution 1325, passed unanimously in October 2000 mandating the inclusion of women in all peacemaking, war prevention meetings
- Put on my play, "The 1325 Key to Peace", a comedy (don't know where we can find this now)
- Promote peace films
- Vote for like-minded politicians
- Run for office
- Link ecology, climate change and peace (the military causes large CO2 emissions in wars, training and research)
- Maintain your own ideals even in the face of criticism
- Set up a Peace Garden in your school, university or workplace with a bench for negotiating conflicts
- Sign onto the various petitions on the web relating to peace. Number count.
- Contact refugees at your school or elsewhere and hear their stories
- Never give up. Remember you are doing the most important work in the world
We hope that this list will inspire you to get out there and live your peace. Shirley did until she could do it no more. Now its your turn.
Research Assistant, NUPRI