International Day of Peace
Today millions of people worldwide are joined in celebration of peace. Created by the United Nations in 1981, International Day of Peace has become a global phenomenon uniting governments, universities, religious groups, businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Peace Day 2009: silent marches, explosive parades, intimate meditations and huge interfaith gatherings.
Brazilian communities celebrated the International Day of Peace last year by organizing tree planting and stream clean-up events in honor of the environment. Fair Trade partner and coffee cooperative Associação dos Costas has been striving for a peaceful and sustainable community for 21 years.
A Fair Trade association of small-scale coffee farmers, Associação dos Costas has worked to preserve communal lands by conducting in-depth soil preservation analysis. The cooperative used Fair Trade social premium funds to support a kindergarten, community computer lab, and medical services like a drug addiction recovery program.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Peace is not merely a goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Here at Fair Trade USA, we strive to adhere to Dr. King’s belief that peace is something we must practice every day. By working to build a global fair trade community focused on equality, integrity, and sustainability, we hope to create peace in ways great and small.