I N T E R D E P E N D E N C E D A Y
A Project of We The World
City University of New York Graduate Center, (CUNY), NYC, September 12, 2004
"11 Days of Global Unity" in 100 locations around the world . . .
A Celebration to Build an Interdependent World
WE, THE WORLD: MISSION
The mission of We, the World is to awaken a spirit of caring and involvement in the public so that millions of people begin to see themselves as part of one global, interdependent community,
To awaken the spirit of awareness and action while fostering personal growth and transformation without which societal change cannot take place,
To guide people in actively taking part in creating a peaceful and sustainable world that works for everyone, ”
In proclaiming Interdependence Day, we are acknowledging the evident-
that we are all connected, and that when one thread in the web of life is sundered, all are diminished. Where equity and mutual respect prevail, all benefit. Interdependence is a reality, a gift, and a responsibility.”
Day was first conceived and initiated by Will Durant, the historian, in
The following is excerpted from the We, the World website.
Interdependence Day, we are acknowledging that we are all connected, and
that when one thread in the web of life is sundered, all are diminished.
Where equity and mutual respect prevail, all benefit.
Interdependence Day is a call to citizens around the world to acknowledge
interdependence as a reality of daily existence.
Today, as global citizens, we face a choice of two forms of
“In September 2002 We, The World launched Interdependence Day at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.
In September 2003,
Interdependence Day activities included Interfaith Dialogues and took place
in Sri Lanka,
The most prominent
event in 2003 took place on Sept. 12 in Philadelphia, chosen because it was
the original home
We are on our way to
seeing international acceptance of Interdependence Day as a time for
On this, the 3rd
annual globally recognized Interdependence Day,
Sept 12 2004, celebrations have
INTERDEPENDENCE DAY, Sept. 12, 2004, NYC
Interdependence Day, NYC, noon to seven, auditorium and workshop presentations in the newly built, elegant premises of CUNY Graduate Center. The auditorium and workshops surrounded a grand 125’ long hall that served as a gathering place for people going in and out of the workshops and auditorium, an arcade of distributors of information, and a place to relax with gourmet, organic food prepared by raw food specialists.
The themes focused on the many facets of living on a sustainable planet wherein each person and each social and political structure recognize the reality of interdependence. The spirit of the theme grew throughout the day until, at the end of it, a few hundred people joined hands in a circle that was already joined in a heightened power of communion.
A prime feature in the day long program of entertainers and speakers, was FOWPAL, Federation of World Peace and Love. The organization is home based in California and Taiwan with branches in 64 countries. The troupe that graced Interdependence Day numbered about 50 Taiwanese on the last day of their trip to the United States. They danced in extraordinary costumes, did martial and acrobatic arts, rang the large bronze peace bell which travels with them, and at the end of the day, in a ceremony generous with gifts, initiated organizers and participants of the event into honorary membership of FOWPAL. The most striking feature of the group, however, was the consistency, honesty and guilessness of their smiles. Each one of them seemed to exemplify the truth of a global community in friendship.
INTERDEPENDENCE DAY TOWN HALL WALL
Day Town Hall Wall was set up by Symposia, a community center in Hoboken,
N.J.. The Question atop the
Wall was: “The World Will Be A Better Place If…” a reprise of the
question asked on the Hague Appeal Town Hall Wall,
The answers ague TheThreflected the awareness of the need for a global consciousness of interdependence. The Wall spoke about the building blocks of global unity, most people recognizing that it starts within the individual, in the commitment to living a life of peace and love, caretaking the planet, reaching out to each other across the globe, and, as expressed in one message, across the species.
There were harder edged messages, regarding space, diet, a few about politics, but the words “love”, “peace” “harmony” were repeated like a chorus, a prayer and a plea. Scissors and glue sticks were included among the materials for writing/drawing and with them, the FOWPAL people initiated an afternoon of collage making. But the collages created by the FOWPAL group were done with an intense and an intensely delicate concentration that seemed traditionally Chinese.
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