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International Day of Peace 2011
Sammamish Valley Farm

Kenzie's Recycle Art Collage Activity

YO, Peace

By Kenzie Kovacs-Szabo

Have you heard of the International Day of Peace on September 21st?

Well, did you know that we celebrated it right here in Woodinville? (Except we held our festival on the 18th of September instead…) Yep, using the Roots & Shoots’s idea of giant white peace dove puppets, handmade and fluttering in the wind in a two-dove parade while a song written especially for the holiday was performed live in the background by singer/activist Dana Lyons, we had a Peace Day Festival at the Olympic Nursery. Other performers such as the Celtic Fire Band & Tangletown Band played their own songs and speakers talked while other activities like a scavenger hunt, big bubbles, veggie animals, bee tubes, and others kept kids…and also some adults…occupied.

In honor of the day, while working my own recycled collage activity, I found time to ask some of the passersby, “What do you think of when you think of world peace?”

Nine-year-old Ben told me it meant “nobody shooting each other.”

Carolin said that world peace means “treating every human and non-human with respect, kindness, and compassion.”

Among other reflections were Eric’s: “Peace starts with the people you’re seeing every day,” and Trish’s: “[I think of] being surrounded by green!”

Dana Lyons thinks world peace will happen when “…Everyone has enough food, safe housing, access to education, and health care.”

Andrew’s idea of world peace was “everyone coming together, eating food and building community.”

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way,” from Unity Church is another nice one.

Of course, I just have to agree with this last quote: “World peace means ice cream!”

Thank you, everyone, for lending me your time and your words of wisdom.

What do YOU imagine when you hear the phrase ‘World Peace’? No matter what it is, world peace starts with you. So let’s all celebrate, even when the Day of Peace is over, because peace is just so totally awesome!

Kenzie Kovacs-Szabo is a 14 year-old homeschooled resident of Hollywood Hill whose greatest passions are writing, reading, and acting. She recently self-published one of her novels on Kindle at, called Dragon Claws.

Seattle Indian Days Pow Wow 2010
Day Break Star, Discovery Park

Dr. Emoto Prays for Our Salish Sea

Dr. Emoto and Ashley

Jewel James, Lummi carver

Dana & Dr. Emoto Toasting Salish Sea

Dr. Emoto blessed the Pacific Northwest with his presence for Earth Day. He noted that indigenous people all around the world want to do ceremony with him and that messages from water go back to old traditions. Water has power and we are all connected through water. Dragon is god of water in Eastern culture.

Global Oneness Project

Trish and Jon Ramer of the interra project

Trish and Jon met at the Global Oneness Project event in Seattle. Jon is Co-founder and Executive Director of interra project which supports shopping locally, sharing locally!

Puget Sound Community Change is designed to encourage loyalty to locally-focused, sustainably-minded businesses, and to support local non-profits and schools in the process.

The program helps communities align citizens' values with their everyday purchases, harnessing purchasing power as a tool for achieving a sustainable future. When you shop at participating neighborhood businesses, you facilitate a shift of dollars to the common good through Community Rebates defined as cash rewards for consumers, and donations to not-for-profits and schools.

East Side Clean Sweep, Tacoma, WA

East Side Clean Sweep was sponsored by the Puyallup Indian Tribe, ENACT, City of Tacoma Public Works Dept, Tacoma Cares Program, Environmental Services and Tacoma Public Schools.
50 Volunteers from Sierra's elementary school beautified the school grounds. The volunteers, including this "round-a-bout" family crew, won the Above and Beyond award!

Seattle's Earth Day 2009
Genesis-Global Spiritual Community
at Duwamish Alive!

Duwamish Alive! is the collective effort of the Duwamish Alive! Coalition:

Alki Kayak Tours / Cascade Land Conservancy / City of Seattle / City of Tukwila / CleanScapes / Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / EarthCorps / Edwards Mother Earth / Elliott Bay Restoration Panel / Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)/ U. S. Environmental Protection Agency / Field Roast Grain Meat Co. / Friends of Duwamish Riverbend Hill / Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Forum of Local Governments / Green Seattle Partnership / Georgetown Community Council / IM-A-PAL Foundation / King County / King Conservation District / Longfellow Creek Watershed Council / Nature Consortium / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / People For Puget Sound / Port of Seattle / REI / Restore America's Estuaries / Seattle Parks and Recreation / Seaworld Conservation Fund / Veterans Conservation Corps / Washington State Department of Ecology.

The Duwamish Alive! event was a complete success, with over 1000 volunteers working at 12 sites within the watershed.

Genesis-Global Earth Day Volunteers

The restoration of the Duwamish depends on community, non-profit, government and corporate partners working together to restore the urbanized environment. The goal is to help bring back at least 30% of the river shoreline for wildlife habitat. So far the coalition has acheived about 5%.

Genesis-Global Spiritual Community cleaned up a dumpsite in the South Park industrial area along the Duwamish River. We cleared knotweed and blackberry bushes and dug up new shoots. We hauled out old tires, trash, car parts and more. The clearing effort helped us build community and it gave the earth a space to breathe. Our work joined the efforts of many others in the reclamation of a clean and beautiful Duwamish River.

Bellevue Community College Celebrates
International Day of Peace 2008

Circle the World Concert
City of Woodinville, WA

Dana Lyons
Singer, Songwriter, Activist

Roots and Shoots Peace Dove Puppets

Sierra Support

Circle the World
by Dana Lyons

What if we could circle the world
Flying peace doves beneath the sun
Giant twenty foot wings of fabric
That are hand made by everyone
Once a year we circle the world
Saying ain’t it time to bury the guns
Our time has come and we have begun
To Circle the World

Its a dream and its a vision
Its a prayer that we may see
When every person, every creature
Will be treated with dignity
When every war will be a memory
We never shall repeat
Our time has come and we have begun
To Circle the CWorld

Its a parade and its a party
Giant puppets with many drums
Its a song with many rhythms
That is sung in many tongues
Its a giant snake dance
In every country beneath the sun
Our time has come and we have begun
To Circle the World

Peace Prevails in Old Town

By Clare Jensen
Tacoma Weekly

Tacoma, Washington dedicates its third peace pole on March 11 at Gateway Park, Commencement Bay.

GATEWAY TO PEACE. Tacoma’s third Peace Pole was dedicated at Gateway Park in Old Town March 11. Puyallup Tribal member Connie McCloud speaks as students from Saint Patrick’s School hold large doves, symbolizing peace, at the dedication. The words “may peace prevail on earth” can be read at more than 200,000 sites in 200 countries across the world, and now they can be read in Old Town Tacoma.

As the site of the third international peace pole in the city, the icon at Gateway Park in Old Town can now remind countless pedestrians and drivers by of the peaceful slogan.

At least that is what Bill Evans, a Tacoma Sister Cities International board member and sponsor of the new pole, hopes.

“Tacoma is becoming a city that really values the symbol of peace,” he said March 11 at the pole’s dedication ceremony. “But we want to go beyond the symbol. Every time you see this pole – remember ‘may peace prevail on earth,’ and may this be a peaceful globe.”

May Peace Prevail on Earth

The peace pole project was started in Japan in 1955 in response to the nuclear bombing at Hiroshima, according to the project’s website.

The six-sided pole installed at Gateway Park displays the peaceful message in 12 languages intended to represent Tacoma’s diverse population and cultural backgrounds.

The pole at Thea’s Park on the Foss Waterway, which Tacoma’s Sister Cities group installed in 2002, can be read in 11 languages representing all of Tacoma’s sister cities.

Bryant Montessori’s pole, dedicated last November, has languages representing backgrounds of the school’s student body.

Tacoma’s newest pole adds Tongan, Vietnamese, Samoan, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, Salish, Italian, French, Czech, Hindi, Lithuanian and Latvian to the roster of peace pole languages.

“When you speak that peace, it is what you will convey,” said Connie McCloud, cultural coordinator for the Puyallup Tribe. She spoke at the pole’s dedication, noting the tribal culture’s – and many other cultures’ – strong ties to the area surrounding the location of the pole, the water and the birthplace of the city.

“Many people have lived along this waterfront, many people have suffered and fought to make this place their home,” she said. “We (the Puyallup Tribe) welcomed all visitors to our territory whether they came in peace” or not.

The Salish language, also refereed to as Twulshootseed, is the native language for the region, used by Coast Salish tribes including the Puyallup Tribe.

“To have (the pole) written in our language conveys to our ancestors that our place is still here,” she said. The hope is that the peaceful nature of the area’s first inhabitants, now represented by the pole, will endure well into the future.

Connie McCloud, Puyallup Indian Tribe, blesses the original Salish People, the waters and land.

Gateway Park is located on North 30th Street at North Starr Street in Old Town. For more information on Peace Poles, visit