International SPEAK UP Award
SPEAK UP AWARD
Worldpeacefull presents to you a great possibility for you can change the world for children and children will change the world for you. This is the moment for children to SPEAK UP and create the world they would like to see. The Climate Change Conference has ended and now is the time to implement projects that will engage young people, as they will be the change as it is their future that will be affected by climate change and wars over resources. This Award will inspire young people to focus on peace and sustainability. The two are intrinsically linked, we cannot sustain the planet without peace and goodwill.
“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We need to learn to see the world anew.”
Peace and Sustainability is the Number One issue of our time and it is a critical moment for the future of humanity. It is time to SPEAK UP and be the change we wish to see.
A NASA-funded study released Friday said that global industrial civilization is headed for a collapse in the coming decades, blaming unsustainable resource use and increasing wealth inequality. (Aljazeera, 2014)
International Institute for Strategic Studies says despite fewer wars number of deaths has trebled since 2008 due to an ‘inexorable intensification of violence’. Sixty-three armed conflicts led to 56,000 fatalities in 2008, whereas 180,000 people – more than three times as many – died in 42 conflicts last year. (The Guardian, 2015)
I am seeking innovative and inspiring project partners to support and collaborate to establish the SPEAK UP Award for the benefit of children across the world. I am searching for a principled leader to get behind this initiative.
International SPEAK UP Brochure (general overview)
Susan Carew, Worldpeacefull
Jonathon Welch, Choir of Hard Knocks, Patron
It is proposed that an International Sustainability & Peace Encouragement Award for Kids to Unite People (International SPEAK UP Award) be established. The International SPEAK UP Award will have as its call to action ‘to be the change you wish to see in the world’ (Gandhi). This is a powerful message that leads by example and encourages ethical conduct and real-world community service. This is an important message for children and world citizens around the World. The purpose of the International SPEAK UP Award is to empower the next generation to lead the collective visions and actions for peace between people and with natural systems. The Award empowers children by rewarding and acknowledging their ideas, creativity and capabilities in peace building and ecological sustainability in their local communities. The International SPEAK UP Award raises awareness of the critical importance of children, as future stewards, to be actively empowered in peace building and ecological sustainability in alignment with The United Nations Agenda 21 which advocates to ‘think globally and act locally’ to unite people in their local community and inspire the world. It is proposed that a reputable international organisation become the lead organisation and the sponsor of the International SPEAK UP Award.
Significantly, the international organisation chosen will be in concert with a growing worldwide movement empowering a real future for children inspired by the theme ‘to be the change you wish to see in the world’ (Gandhi) and inspiring world citizens towards self-responsibility, peace as personal change and to action peace and sustainability in their world.
It is proposed that the International SPEAK UP Award be promoted worldwide to schools and submissions collected at the local level. Susan Carew, a Peace Scholar, will travel to nominated countries as Peacefull the World Peace Sustainability Clown.
As a Peace Ambassador, Peacefull (Fool) will promote the International SPEAK UP Award to schools, communities and organisations. Peacefull will visit schools and inspire the children about:
- Making a real difference in the world;
- The Wisdom of the Fool and clowning around the world for peace;
- Imaging the World they envision;
- Discovering their own voice to SPEAK UP about a renewable and peaceful future;
- Developing project ideas over one year in either peace building and/or sustainability;
- World peace is fun not frightening;
- Life is magical and exciting;
- Peace begins within each of us;
- That sustainability is to understand nature, change and renewal;
- Learning from their own wisdom;
- Starting an adventure to inspire the world.
Susan Carew is a trained market analyst and will conduct market research with school children. The research is entitled Children’s 2050 Visions. The research will provide an opportunity for children to voice their ideas on what peace and sustainability means to them and the world they envisage. Moreover, it will provide important global data and provide alternative visions for the future.
A documentary film will be produced about the International SPEAK UP Award. The film will trace the journey, highlighting the highs and lows and the many hands linking together in selfless ways. Interviews will be conducted with principals, teachers, children, parents, communities and interesting individuals met along the way revealing their impressions and what they are learning about peace and sustainability. The documentary film enables the voice of children to be heard, promoting how children envisage peace and sustainability and how children express how they can make a difference in harmony with Gandhi’s vision ‘to be the change you wish to see in the world’. Children will realise that when they change this changes their world locally and globally.
It is proposed that a Patron be nominated, this person will be an outstanding individual demonstrating a lifelong commitment to youth, peace and humanity. This person will inspire others with the vision of empowering young people to become involved in peace building and sustainability projects across the world. It is envisaged that the International SPEAK UP Award recipients and outcomes be presented to the United Nations. The recipients will be children and youth of outstanding values and merit demonstrating a determination to be the change they wish to see in their local communities. Thus thinking globally and acting locally.
The author of the International SPEAK UP Award is Susan Carew, a Peace Scholar based in Australia.
In 2010, I travelled the world as a World Peace Clown to 20 countries in 6 months. I self funded the project to go to schools, hospitals and clowned on the streets to bring peace to life as love and joy and to test how the clown was received cross-culturally.
What I require is like minded empowered people who can commit to an idea and follow through. I have already shown through my work that I have the capacity to carry this project out. If you are inspired about the future and an ethical person/organisation then please connect.
We are seeking project partners and sponsors. If you want to make a difference contact Peacefull
The International Peace and Sustainability Award will inspire and encourage children …
‘To be the Change You Wish to See in the World” (Gandhi).
This proposal has been circulated for feedback, critical appraisal and grounding from Rotarians, peace and conflict resolutions experts, scientists, ministers, civil libertarians, nuclear activists, community development advocates, educators and think tanks. The author of this proposal would like to warmly thank all contributors for sharing their advice and feedback. Initial responses to this proposal, as follows:
Dear Susan, dear Antonio – very impressive, totally original, never seen anything like it before. Forward it to Olivier Urbain for Arts and Peace – please — all the best johan in California
Professor Johan Galtung
Dear Susan, thank you for sending me the advance copy of your interesting proposal for a Rotary International Peace Award for the Children of the World – a very commendable concept.
Dr. Henry Gardiner, Past Governor, RI District 9700 1995-96
Dear Susan, congratulations for taking on this very ambitious project/journey/quest.
Owen Secombe, UNESCO APNIEVE Network for International Education and Values Education
Dear Susan, I really admire your noble effort to educate and inspire children, particularly to understand peaceful philosophy and also the education that you have given yourself in this area.
Dr. Helen Caldicott Author, Public educator about the medical hazards of the nuclear age
Dear Susan, I have now scanned your admirable proposal. Every joyous wish for its success. Blessings (late)
Dr Stella Cornelius (AO), Conflict Resolution Network, Sydney
Dear Susan, Kris here – I have read you proposal and I think it is admirable and a great initiative.
Dr. Kris Klugman, Civil Liberties Australia
Sounds like a good idea Susan go for it! Cheers Kevin
Professor Kevin Clements, Director The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
G’day Susan, A brilliant concept! Congratulations. I think the concept is exciting and that Peacefull is the absolutely perfect person to be the messenger. I greatly admire your commitment to world peace, and support this proposal with my good wishes, joyful thoughts and prayers
Dr Nikola Balvin, Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Queensland (Melb.)
Dear Susan, the wonderful aspect about you is that you are still pursuing your dreaming and I think that is terrific. I really hope you succeed in this endeavour.
Basil Varghese Education Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Overall it seems good. I confess to fluctuating between cynicism (big international organisation, bureaucrat-speak) and enthusiasm (yes, excellent idea, could become an inspiring and empowering process). Going through Rotary I think is much better than the UN, much more likely to actually achieve something. Overall, you won me over.
Dr Geoff Davies Author, Scientist, Social commentator
On January 12, 2001, 100 of the World’s Nobel Peace Laureates published a ‘Dire Warning For Planet Earth’, reinforcing the idea that it is time to change the way we think:
“The most profound danger to world peace in the coming years will stem not from the irrational acts of states or individuals but from the legitimate demands of the world’s dispossessed… It is time to turn our backs on the unilateral search for security, in which we seek to shelter behind walls. Instead, we must persist in the quest for united action to counter both global warming and a weaponised world. To survive in the world we have transformed, we must learn to think in a new way. As never before, the future of each depends on the good of all.”
Mahatma Gandhi considered himself a practical idealist. As leader and founder of the nonviolence movement in India, his work stands as a testimony for alternatives to violence and war. The success and popularity of his approach was evident by the global response to his actions of leading his people in a nonviolent struggle for their independence. Gandhi believed the future is in the hands of children, he stated:
“If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we have to begin with the children.”
As an intergenerational concept, sustainable development requires present generations to nurture the world’s social, economic and environmental well-being, and to enable next generations to do the same. The transfer of critical knowledge to today’s young people is vital, yet its realization is threatened by crises in resource-stressed regions and by diseases threatening to obliterate whole generations. At present, youth under the age of 25 comprise over 50 per cent of the world’s population. This scenario calls for significantly more attention to be paid to preparing youth for the challenges ahead. Many solutions have been proposed to bring young people to the forefront of sustainable development practices and policies, but without sufficient response from national-level policy-makers, young people can become marginalized in the political sphere, left with the impression that their input is not valued. The UN General Assembly’s Special Session on Children in May 2002 attracted 69 Summit level participants and 190 high level national delegates. The session included political leaders, UN agencies, religions, business, arts, academia and civil society. Five Nobel Peace Prize Laureates attended and 1,700 delegates representing NGO’s from 117 countries. For the first time in the history of the UN meetings, more than 400 children were there as delegates and active participants. The UN Secretary General told delegates that ‘the children in this room are witnesses to our words”. The children were more than that as they challenged the adults, informed them and provided stories of their lives. The children inspired all present with their belief in collective change and their hope.
The children addressed the Assembly on 8 May 2002. Two delegates representing the Children’s forum stated the following:
“We are the world’s children. We are the victims of exploitation and abuse. We are street children. We are the children of war. We are the victims and orphans of HIV/AIDS. We are denied good-quality education and health care. We are victims of political, economic, cultural, religious and environmental discrimination. We are children whose voices are not being heard: it is time we are taken into account. We want a world fit for children, because a world fit for us is a world fit for everyone.”
Child delegates: Ms Gabriela Azurduy Arrieta (Bolivia) and Ms Audrey Chenynut (Monaco)
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF stated “what must now follow their words are their actions (Assembly) for the future of humanity depends on them.” The current situation for children around the world is a reflection of the violence of adults and it is passed down one to the other, the cycle of violence must be stopped and society no longer considers violence as acceptable or indeed, normal. UNICEF highlights alarming statistics of violence, as follows:
- 53,000 children died worldwide as a result of homicide;
- 80-98% of children suffer physical punishment at home;
- Between 20 and 65 percent of school-aged children in developing countries reported having been verbally or physically bullied in the previous 30 days;
- 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced forced sexual intercourse;
- 1.8 million were exploited in prostitution and pornography, and 1.2 million were victims of trafficking;
- 5.7 million children participated in forced or bonded labour;
- Persistent social and legal acceptance of some forms of violence against children that too often leaves such violence unnoticed and unreported;
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child requires States to protect children from all forms of violence, to prevent and respond to violence, and to provide support to children who are victims of violence (Article 19);
- Society’s acceptance of everyday violence against children is a major factor in the persistence of that violence. Positive, non-violent environments should be created for and with children, in their homes, schools, other institutions and communities, accompanied by public education and advocacy campaigns and the training of teachers and other public servants;
- Governments at various levels should promote and support programmes and campaigns to educate the public and parents on child rights generally and in particular on maintaining positive, non-violent relationships with children in families. Here, the media can also play a key role.
The 1959 Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets a universal standard on the rights of children. The declaration highlights the need for children to develop individual abilities and learn to be useful members of society, protected from harm and exploitation. Moreover, the responsibility of parents and others is to provide conditions that will foster the development of children, enhance confidence and self esteem enabling them to develop to maximum potential.
Green Schools, Rocky Mountain Institute, by Cameron M. Burns and Huston Eubank