PeaceJam is a global citizen’s campaign led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners, with the goal of amplifying the voices of peace.
Our guest speaker at the September 22 meeting was Kate Cumbo, Ph.D. representing the PeaceJam Foundation. PeaceJam (peacejam.org) is engaging with Rotary Clubs around the world to unleash the human potential for good through their Billion Acts of Peace global citizen’s campaign. PeaceJam is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Their goal is to amplify the voices of peace and empower every citizen to become a leader for peace in their community. Kate quoted one of their Nobel Peace Prize winners, Desmond Tutu: “Do your little bit of good where you are: it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
 
In 2006, 10 Nobel Peace Laureates and more than 3,000 young people traveled from all over the world to Denver to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the PeaceJam Foundation. The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebaki, and others came together in the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates ever held in the U.S. They announced plans for a 10-year campaign, the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, designed to tackle what they see as the ten greatest challenges to the survival of humanity and the well-being of our planet. Their area of concentration would be world youth. In the years since, 1.25 million young people have been impacted by the Billion Acts of Peace campaign.
 
Kate proposed that the Boulder Rotary Club partner with PeaceJam on a tree planting initiative by young people in a developing country. She drew our attention to the fact that tree planting is a priority put forward by RI President Ian Riseley. Our PPE and PeaceBuilders Committees are looking to respond to Kate’s proposal for a tree planting partnership. The initiative will be championed by Red Badge member, Charlotte Roehm.