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Observing the International Day of Peace 2021

Today is the Mid Autumn Festival. Besides enjoying your mooncake and admiring the full moon, let’s also pay some attention to another observance celebrated on 21 September of every year, which is the International Day of Peace. 

 

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

 

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. 

 

This pandemic has brought a lot of impacts on all the lives around the world. It is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. 

 

By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare. 

 

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. 

 

Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another. 

 

Besides, we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts. 

 

Although a peaceful world is not something that we can achieve by individuals, there are things that we can do to help create a more equitable and peaceful world. So here are some tiny acts that we can do to increase peace, starting right now. 

 

Listen to a friend

 

When stresses are overwhelming, many people are unleashing their anger and frustrations by spreading hate speech on social media. And these situations often can be prevented by offering a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on when they are dealing with complicated emotions. So, it’s important to stay connected with your close friends to support one another when anyone is having emotional breakdowns. 

 

Read and repost articles that spread peace

 

We tend to be influenced by things that we read and watched on social media. Therefore, it is good to follow accounts that share positive and inspiring content and repost those articles and graphics to increase the positive vibes among your friend circle. 

 

Donate food or money to your local food bank

 

The prolonged pandemic has put the underprivileged and marginalized groups into even worse and tougher situations. Many people are started to suffer from hunger. Therefore, if you’re capable, let’s join the efforts of your local food bank by donating surplus food or money, or offer helps in distributing food to the needy. 

 

Let’s celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic. Hope that the world can slowly recover in peace. 

 

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