"Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man." Gandhi
On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June 2009, a group of amateur astronomers and astronomy groups world wide have planned a unique event of having Candle Lights under Star Lights. Called Stars for Global Peace, this is an event to promote Global Harmony and Peace.
It has attracted participants from several countries world wide from Brazil in the West to New Zealand in the East. All these countries including Uruguay, India, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Oman would gather in the evening of 5th June - World Environment Day at a designated venues like near the river bed, memorial areas, school compounds, public gardens, places of workshop, malls etc. They will light candles under star light and spread the word on equality and peace amongst each other. Telescopes would be put up each venue where visitors would get a chance to view the celestial objects. These viewers will realize that earth is the only planet that can provide us with a place to live. If we do not continue to live in peace and harmony, we would not be able to survive.
StarPeace in Lahore on 9th February 2009. Photo by The Society of The Sun
A blown up globe of UNAWE program would be pass hands of groups of children to let them understand more about Universe and the world we live in.
Groups of each participating countries would contact each other on phone, video or web conference during the event and spread the message of peace. Youngsters will play music and songs dedicated to worldpeace. Artists shall display paintings and sculptures depicting peaceduring the event. In some of the countries, efforts are being made toinvite scientists, actors, sport persons, and celebrities together atthe venue. Media persons would be invited to the venue and briefed about the purpose behind this program.
This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon.
It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise. Photo by NASA/JPL/Cornell/Texas A&M
The object is to unite the strength of individuals and make peace agreater reality for future generations.
The event will comply with the goals of IYA2009 as endorsed by the UNESCO and IAU. The event is supported by StarPeace, Astronomers Without Borders and UNAWE program.
News by: Marcelo de Oliveira Souza