He was first a filmmaker and an actor, but little did he know, soon he would be saving millions of children, women, and men all over the world.
He was born in 1969. He spent his early life in Southampton, England. He, after ten years of acting, made a film company called P.U.R.E. Productions. He started documenting his travels around the world to make the documentary, Peace One Day.
This all started in 1998. He then realized that this wasn't just a film about how peace is possible, it is a film about how peace is going to happen. He decided that he is going to bring his idea to the UN and they made it real.
He and his organization, on that one day of peace, gave millions of children polio vaccinations, he encouraged a ceasefire, and he helped form one day, that may very well soon turn into two days, then three and so on.
Why Peace Day Is Important
Peace day is very important for everyone in the world. This is all because if we ever want to make peace for the entire world, then we have to start somewhere. This one day is a start. Then we can turn that into multiple days a year, then maybe a full month some time in the future. He said that if you build a house, then you need to start with one brick. It is the start of making peace for the whole world.
Some of the Most Memorable Peaceful Protests
Gandhi's Salt March
Under British power, it was illegal for Indians to collect or sell salt. Gandhi lead a march in 1930 that went on for 240 miles. This went from his ashram to the Arabian Sea. 60,000 Indians who were collecting salt with Gandhi were arrested. This protest continued until he was given his bargaining rights at a negotiation in London.
The March On Washington
200,000 people participated in the march for jobs and equality in 1963. They were trying to have lawmakers pass a legislation that addresses these inequalities. This is the same march that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream" at the Lincoln Memorial.
Anti-Vietnam War Protest In Washington
Thousands of people died during the war. Small rallies against the war later in 1967. Later 500,000 to 600,000 people participated in a march to protest against going to war against Vietnam.
Peace is not war
Peace is not fighting
Peace is not anger
Peace is not killing
Peace is not fire
Peace is not shooting
Peace is not stealing
Peace is not battle
Peace is not combat
Peace is not struggling
but what I think is Peace is
a dove flying in the sky
Peace is calmness
Peace is quietness
Peace is happiness
Peace is like calm water
Peace is like the sky at sunset
Peace is like nature
Peace is hope
Peace is joy
Peace is love
God gives us peace
- Graham Gilsdorf
---Poem: GraceAnne Pullappally
U United people together singing in harmony
N New world full of full of love and happiness
I I wish this peaceful dream was a reality
T Together everyone would have to work hard
Y You can be the change and the start to a peaceful , calm, and loving world for all to live mine