One act at a time https://blog.billionacts.org Inspiration starts here Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 107178145 Supporting Youth in Action for an Inclusive Europe https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/09/supporting-youth-in-action-for-an-inclusive-europe/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/09/supporting-youth-in-action-for-an-inclusive-europe/#respond Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:02:11 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19433 PeaceJam is a youth leadership programme that empowers young people to create positive change in themselves, their communities and in the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. In preparation of PeaceJam’s Pan-European online youth conference, Wednesday 11- Sunday 15 November 2020, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, The Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence and The International Children’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, prominent youth activists from across Europe, we’re mobilising young people in Europe to address the most pressing issues in their communities to advance inclusion and promote […]

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PeaceJam is a youth leadership programme that empowers young people to create positive change in themselves, their communities and in the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody.

In preparation of PeaceJam’s Pan-European online youth conference, Wednesday 11- Sunday 15 November 2020, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, The Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence and The International Children’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, prominent youth activists from across Europe, we’re mobilising young people in Europe to address the most pressing issues in their communities to advance inclusion and promote peace. 

Young people are at the forefront championing change, and we want to amplify this through our campaign for an inclusive Europe, and support them with the right tools and resources in order to make a real difference in their communities.

Ultimately, our goal is to cultivate Laureates of the Future that, with our help, can turn their social action ideas into successful projects that advance inclusion and promote peace. We are doing this by giving them the opportunity to hear from inspiring change makers such as The Rt Hon Stuart Lawrence and Earthling Ed, and attend workshops delivered by various organisations such as PeaceJam’s 2017 Hero Award winners-  Plant-for-the Planet, Tools for Self Reliance, Upstarts Projects and learn skills to develop as young leaders.

Young people aged 14-26 are encouraged to apply for a micro-grant up to €200 (sponsored by Winchester Rotary Club) by submitting their idea and project plan through the  ‘PeaceJam Laureate of the Future Programme‘. The scheme will be launched on September 21 which is the International Day of Peace, encouraging  young people across Europe to apply for this award. 10 Successful projects will be selected!

To find out more about the selection criteria, benefits of the award and the funding themes please visit our campaign page.

 

‘’To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One

act of kindness a day can do it’’- Betty Wiliams (1967 Nobel Laureate)

 

By Shwetal Shah

Shwetal is a member of PeaceJam Europe’s Youth Team

 

 

Betty Williams (1976 Nobel Laureate)

 

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Watch Dalai Lama Scientist for Free July 4-14th! https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/07/watch-dalai-lama-scientist-for-free-july-4-14th/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/07/watch-dalai-lama-scientist-for-free-july-4-14th/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:06:15 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19403   The Dalai Lama — Scientist Official Trailer from PeaceJam on Vimeo. In honor of the 85th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fostering dialogue and collaboration between western science and Buddhist science for the benefit of humanity, the award-winning film, “The Dalai Lama — Scientist” will be offered free for the world to view from July 6th to July 14th, 2020. “Containing extensive, rare and never-before-seen footage, “The Dalai Lama – Scientist” tells the incredible story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows, and of the Dalai Lama’s lifelong […]

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The Dalai Lama — Scientist Official Trailer from PeaceJam on Vimeo.

In honor of the 85th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fostering dialogue and collaboration between western science and Buddhist science for the benefit of humanity, the award-winning film, “The Dalai Lama — Scientist” will be offered free for the world to view from July 6th to July 14th, 2020.

“Containing extensive, rare and never-before-seen footage, “The Dalai Lama – Scientist” tells the incredible story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows, and of the Dalai Lama’s lifelong journey from the world of Buddhism into the world of modern science. “For more than 30 years, I have spent much time with these Western Scientists,” the Dalai Lama says. “When I think about myself now, sometimes I think I am only one-half Buddhist monk — the other-half Scientist.”

The film has been released to great acclaim, winning more than fifty awards from film festivals located around the world. This link will go live on July 6th, making it possible for all of humanity to watch the film for free in honor of the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday.

Subtitles to the film are available in nine languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Tibetan, Hindi, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English.

More here

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Building the World We Want https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/06/building-the-world-we-want/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/06/building-the-world-we-want/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 01:00:29 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19233 Wow. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the powerful conversation between our Youth Leaders and Adult Allies; Kailash Satyarthi (2014 Nobel Peace Laureate), Chade-Meng Tan (Billion Acts Co-Chair) and Brian Kelly (PeaceJam Global Ambassador) in efforts to begin to create a more compassionate economy and world. Many of you asked for more information about our youth leaders, so we are happy to share more about their work below. For those who were not able to join us, you can view the conversation here. This event was generously sponsored by the Minhas H. Family Fund and Steve Chen. Stay tuned for more […]

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Wow.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the powerful conversation between our Youth Leaders and Adult Allies; Kailash Satyarthi (2014 Nobel Peace Laureate), Chade-Meng Tan (Billion Acts Co-Chair) and Brian Kelly (PeaceJam Global Ambassador) in efforts to begin to create a more compassionate economy and world.

Many of you asked for more information about our youth leaders, so we are happy to share more about their work below.

For those who were not able to join us, you can view the conversation here.

This event was generously sponsored by the Minhas H. Family Fund and Steve Chen.

Stay tuned for more upcoming conversations in the Building the World We Want series.

 

 

 

 

MaryPat Hector (moderator) is a recent graduate from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA at the age of 12. By the age of 19, she became the youngest woman and person of color to run for public office in the state of Georgia. She serves as National Youth Director for National Action Network; one of largest Civil Rights organizations in the U.S..She is a Peace First Fellow and has been actively involved in PeaceJam for 2 years with their Youth Summits against gun violence.

 

 

 

Christian Omoruyi is a rising sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C., where he is a distinguished Global Scholar majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. Amid a festering gun violence epidemic and a looming climate catastrophe, Christian has engaged in citizen lobbying and activism against gun violence and for climate action, organizing walkouts and protests for gun safety legislation at the Indiana Statehouse and mobilizing fellow high school and college students at strikes calling for aggressive climate action. Christian has been recognized for his work by elected leaders such as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Vice President Joe Biden.

 

 

 

David Karmon is a final semester senior at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) in Monrovia, Liberia, pursuing his undergraduate degree in Economics. His upbringing in Liberia led to his intense passion for global development. Since 2016 when he joined Peacejam Liberia, he has committed himself to addressing communities’ challenges while serving as a Peacejam Mentor and the coordinator of services Projects. Before joining PeaceJam, he was a charter member of the Rotaract Club of Sinkor – a humanitarian organization aimed at addressing communities’ challenges.

 

 

 

Shwetal Shah works in the field of Technology in London. Outside her day job she mentors students via Vahani a scholarship fund for students in India and is currently a Youth Team Member organizing the pan European PeaceJam 2020 Conference, she is passionate about role model representation and has organized a series of free public science lectures to widen the gender balance within science and tech along with making an award winning documentary on women in tech.

 

 

 

Blessing Iwuoba is the young Campaign Director of BeeCharity Outlook Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. The group campaigns for childrens rights to be free from child labour in Nigeria. In June 2019 she organised a campaign event with UNIC Nigeria to demand an end to child labour in the country. She has also held street demonstrations to educate parents in communities of the dangers of sending their children to work instead of attending school.ip fund for students in India and is currently a Youth Team Member organizing the pan European PeaceJam 2020 Conference, she is passionate about role model representation and has organized a series of free public science lectures to widen the gender balance within science and tech along with making an award winning documentary on women in tech.

 

 

Here is a link to the conversation.

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#PeaceinPlace https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/04/peaceinplace/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/04/peaceinplace/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:06:24 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19543     See some of the people who joined from around the world! Join the Campaign

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See some of the people who joined from around the world!

Join the Campaign

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Betty Williams Celebration of Life https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/04/betty-williams-celebration-of-life/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/04/betty-williams-celebration-of-life/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:07:25 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19553 The PeaceJam Youth and community celebrating the amazing Betty Williams! If the video above is not working, the direct link to the tribute is here  

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The PeaceJam Youth and community celebrating the amazing Betty Williams!

If the video above is not working, the direct link to the tribute is here

 

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Billion Acts Has Awesome New Features!! https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/02/awesome-new-features/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/02/awesome-new-features/#respond Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:32:08 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=19074 Billion Acts is your platform, and we heard you loud and clear! We’ve taken all your feedback and created many new features, portfolios, and tools for you to use to bring your community together and measure your collective impact to create change.   Together we have created over 76 million Acts of Peace in over 171 countries, but it is clear that our communities need us to do even more! Add your passion project, highlight an issue that is important to you, create a campaign others can help support by taking simple actions, and begin to create your online service […]

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Billion Acts is your platform, and we heard you loud and clear!

We’ve taken all your feedback and created many new features, portfolios, and tools for you to use to bring your community together and measure your collective impact to create change.

 

Together we have created over 76 million Acts of Peace in over 171 countries, but it is clear that our communities need us to do even more!

Add your passion project, highlight an issue that is important to you, create a campaign others can help support by taking simple actions, and begin to create your online service portfolio with each Act.

 

  1. Add a New Act of Peace

  2. Create a Campaign and Invite others to participate

  3. Become a Network Member or add more Acts to your Network Member page

Check out the New Features today!

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Celebrating our PeaceJam family worldwide! https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/01/celebrating-our-peacejam-family-worldwide/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2020/01/celebrating-our-peacejam-family-worldwide/#respond Wed, 01 Jan 2020 22:27:49 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18874 What an incredible year! Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place!    

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What an incredible year!

Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place!

 

 

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Meet these Amazing Climate Justice Activists https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/10/meet-these-amazing-climate-justice-activists/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/10/meet-these-amazing-climate-justice-activists/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 18:59:05 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18554  Autumn Peltier When Autumn Peltier was just 8 years old, she attended a ceremony at a reservation where she saw a sign warning that the water was toxic, according to the CBC. At 12, she confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, telling him she was unhappy with his policies on controversial pipeline projects. Trudeau promised her he would protect the water. At 14, Peltier continues to fight for water conservation and indigenous water rights. Learn more about Autumn’s journey. Follow Autumn Peltier on Instragram Jamie Margolin Jamie Margolin is a climate activist in Seattle and a Colombian American student, author, and a co-founder […]

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 Autumn Peltier

When Autumn Peltier was just 8 years old, she attended a ceremony at a reservation where she saw a sign warning that the water was toxic, according to the CBC. At 12, she confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, telling him she was unhappy with his policies on controversial pipeline projects. Trudeau promised her he would protect the water. At 14, Peltier continues to fight for water conservation and indigenous water rights.

Learn more about Autumn’s journey.

Follow Autumn Peltier on Instragram

Jamie Margolin

Jamie Margolin is a climate activist in Seattle and a Colombian American student, author, and a co-founder of the youth climate action organization Zero Hour.

Jamie started Zero Hour after the response she saw to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and after witnessing first hand the difficulty in breathing in her community after the Canadian wildfires. She is also a plaintiff in the Aji P. v. Washington case, suing the state of Washington for their inaction against climate change on the basis of a stable climate being a human right.

Read more from Jamie Margolin.

Follow Jamie Margolin on Instagram

 Jerome Foster II

Jerome Foster is the White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs, a youth unifying voting organization that has created a collaborative effort of the five major youth movements of climate change, community/school gun violence, immigration reform, gender equality, and racial injustice.

Jerome is a founder of “The Climate Reporter,” The blog was created to give a platform to those affected by the climate crisis so they can share their stories.  Read some of their experiences.

 Ayakha Melithafa

“It’s very important for poor people and people of colour to go to these protests and marches because they are feeling the wrath of climate change the most. It’s important for them to have a say, for their voice and their demands to be heard.” – Ayakha Melithafa

Ayakha lives near the Eerste River and goes to school in Khayelitsha.  Her mother owns a farm in the Eastern Cape’s eMonti area, about 45 minutes outside East London, and water shortages threaten their farm, and are a source of anxiety for her family and community.

Melthafa recently joined Greta Thunberg and 14 other climate activists from around the world in signing a legal complaint with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on 23 September.

Read more about Ayakha here.

Watch this video about Ayakha and her connection to the larger global climate crisis.

                                          

 Children V Climate Crisis

Sixteen children from across the world are petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis.  Read more about the defendants from Brazil, Argentina, France, Tunisia, Nigeria, US, Sweden, India, Palau, Germany, Africa, and the Marshall Islands.

Youth V Gov

 21 plaintiffs suing the US Government. Their complaint asserts that, through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

Learn more about the plaintiffs.

Artemisa Xakriabá

19-year-old Artemisa Xakriabá is an indigenous climate activist from São João das Missões in Brazil, whose aim is to stop environmental destruction across Brazil, and especially, the Amazon rainforest. She speaks to represent over 25 million indigenous and traditional people, the global alliance of territorial communities and those who have worked to protect over 600 million hectares of land worldwide for thousands of years. Watch her recent speech.

Read more about other Climate Justice Leaders
15 Social Justice Activists you should be following

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10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health  https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/09/10-self-care-tips-for-improved-mental-health/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/09/10-self-care-tips-for-improved-mental-health/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2019 00:54:30 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18624 It’s Suicide Prevention Month, Here are 10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health  Each year, almost 800,000 people die at their own hands. For every adult who dies by suicide, at least 20 more attempted it. Western countries have higher suicide rates than the global average. In 2016, white males accounted for 7 out of every 10 suicides. It’s no secret that suicide is an increasing epidemic.  Suicide prevention and awareness are two keys to preventing people of all ages from taking their own life. That’s why we put together 10 things you can do to check in with […]

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It’s Suicide Prevention Month, Here are 10 Self Care Tips for Improved Mental Health 

Each year, almost 800,000 people die at their own hands. For every adult who dies by suicide, at least 20 more attempted it. Western countries have higher suicide rates than the global average. In 2016, white males accounted for 7 out of every 10 suicides. It’s no secret that suicide is an increasing epidemic. 

Suicide prevention and awareness are two keys to preventing people of all ages from taking their own life. That’s why we put together 10 things you can do to check in with yourself, care for your mind and body, and stay on your path to living your best life. 

 

  1. First things first, if you ever start having suicidal thoughts, tell someone. Tell someone you trust. They will want to know because they want to help you. 
  2. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know, you can call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Someone will answer at any hour of the day or night. 
  3. Find a creative outlet where you can express yourself. Sometimes life can get hard, and when it does, our minds can start feeling heavy with negative thoughts. Finding a way to work through your emotions and feelings is the best way to check in with yourself. Keeping everything you think inside your head can feel overwhelming. Simply expressing yourself in a creative way can help relieve pressure. Try writing a song, drawing, singing, dancing or writing a story. 
  4. Give yourself positive pep talks. Sometimes you have to be your own best friend. If you feel dark thoughts creeping in, ward them off with your own positivity and strength!
  5. Make sure you have time to rest every day. Youthful minds need time to rest and develop. But young people are often under immense pressure to perform in social settings, schools, and sports. If you begin to feel like you’re doing too much it’s okay to slow down. 
  6. If you feel depressed, seek professional help. Humans are here on earth to help each other. Asking for help is one of the biggest signs of strength. Depression is often a side effect of tough times in life. It can also be a chemical imbalance in your brain. Either way, the help you may need does exist and it exists for you! 
  7. Eat well and exercise as often as you can. The foods you eat influence your brain, as does moving your body. 
  8. Remember that you are never alone in your experience or struggles. Our minds are good at tricking us into thinking we are the only ones in the world going through what we’re going through. But you’re never alone. 
  9. Remember that people want to help you. They genuinely do. If you think about it, it feels good to feel needed and like you can help someone. So if you ever need help when it comes to your mental health, apply that same thinking. You will be giving someone the gift of helping you when you need it.
  10. Be patient with yourself. Improving your mental health is a practice that takes time. Consistency is key. 

 

We hope this list of 10 ways to improve your mental health with regards to suicide prevention sparked something inside you. 

 

Share Your Acts of Peace with Us!

If you feel inspired to create change in your local community around this topic, we highly encourage it. If you do create an event or organization of any size, be sure to share your act of peace with us on our website. Our goal is to inspire 1 billion acts of peace by 2021. Every act counts!

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International Youth Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/08/international-youth-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/08/international-youth-day/#respond Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:57:49 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18484 8/12 – Everything You Need To Know About International Youth Day   Did you know that there are 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 24 currently living on the planet? This is the largest population of young people in history.  Despite the unlimited potential our growing youth population promises, the demographics also illuminate some challenges. For example, more than half of children and adolescents between the ages of six and 14 lack basic math and reading skills.  As we all know, education is the root of empowerment. For all youth to be equally empowered, the quality of and […]

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8/12 – Everything You Need To Know About International Youth Day  

Did you know that there are 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 24 currently living on the planet? This is the largest population of young people in history. 

Despite the unlimited potential our growing youth population promises, the demographics also illuminate some challenges. For example, more than half of children and adolescents between the ages of six and 14 lack basic math and reading skills. 

As we all know, education is the root of empowerment. For all youth to be equally empowered, the quality of and access to education on a global scale must be addressed. To honor that call to action, the UN General Assembly established International Youth Day on August 12th, 1999. 

What International Youth Day Really Stands For 

International Youth Day is an annual celebration of the young men and women of the world. This day recognizes youth as key contributing members, partners and changemakers on the international stage. It also acts as a day to raise awareness of the problems and challenges facing the world’s youth.

 

What You Can Do On International Youth Day 

There are many different ways you can bring attention to International Youth Day in your community. Here are three ways you can make the most of the day dedicated to you:

  1. Speak up about International Youth Day! Use social media to start the conversation around what this day means to you. 
  2. Plan an International Youth Day event. There are many challenges facing youth today including the climate crisis, access to education, etc. If you collaborate with other community leaders you can create real change on both a local and global level. 
  3. Work with your teachers in school to plan a special International Youth Day project. 

 

Why Every Day is International Youth Day 

If you’re currently between the ages of 10 and 24 then technically, every day is youth day for you! You are inheriting your future day by day. Since that’s a pretty big deal, we encourage you to stand up for what you believe, with strength and peace at your core. 

The change you spark in your community at a local level, whether that be organizing a climate strike, creating an organization to represent an issue you’re passionate about, or simply starting a conversation about the challenges youth face, will start a ripple effect. 

 

Share Your Acts of Peace with Us

Be a ripple in the pond of life and be sure to share your act of peace with us. Each year, Billion Acts of Peace seeks out youth changemakers to be nominated for the Hero Awards. When you log your act of peace of us, you’ll secure yourself a chance to be nominated! 

Until then, keep thinking of ways you can be an active peace-spreader in your community and remember, every act counts. 

 

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