Children in Brockenhurst joined thousands of young people around the world who are heeding Dr. Jane Goodall’s call to express their desire for peace in ceremonies that include the flight of Peace Dove puppets.
The children, in a joint initiative with the New Forest Carbon Footprint project, took part in both making and displaying Peace Doves at the Brockenhurst Village Hall at the weekend.
CHARLIE DIMMOCK (an English gardening expert and presenter) who was supporting the Carbon Footprint project took part in the peace day activities with the children as well as the project opening ceremony and prize giving.
The day marked the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace, which Dr. Goodall established in support of United Nations peace endeavours, including the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. Dr. Goodall has served as a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002. The Roots & Shoots events all over the world included the ‘flight’ of Giant Peace Doves – humble, beautiful creations made entirely of recycled materials.
“With the peace doves we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget that peace is possible. We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year – and will do next year – to create a better world,” says Dr.Goodall.
In past years, doves have flown in peace marches, in schools, in parks, along waterways, at the Coliseum in Rome, a monastery in Mongolia and the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.