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People’s Climate March and International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. www.internationaldayofpeace.org Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting people together in a large event.

THE STORY IS TOLD of a lady in a shopping mall. When the power went off and all the lights went out she felt a little hand in hers, and she asked, in the darkness,

“Who do you belong to?” The response came: “I’m yours, until the lights come on.”

The countdown is on!! Early Friday morning, Monica Lambton and Apraham Nizibilian (acting Coordinator of the CND Social Justice Network while Bineta Ba is on maternity leave) and I will be heading to New York City to join in the People’s Climate March. We shall walk and pray in the names of all the children of the world and in a particular way the women, men and children who suffer disproportionately the effects of climate change. We shall march in the name of all of us, sisters and associates in Japan, Central America, Africa, USA and Canada. We are one as you gather in prayerful communion in the invitation to change everything!

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PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS

The Congregation of Notre Dame International Justice Network has determined that a major focus of our Justice efforts in the coming year throughout the Community will be Climate Change. We have a unique opportunity to participate in an historical movement to draw attention to the effects of Climate Change. While September 21 is International Peace Day and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the General Assembly’s Declaration of the Right of People to Peace, September 21 also marks the day for the Climate Change March in NYC. As the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network stated, “..the People’s Climate March seeks to ‘bend the course of history, drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. WECAN encourages everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations.” I hope our Province will be well represented in this March. Let us make every effort to do our part to bend the course of history.

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