A group of Collingwood residents and pacifists marked the United Nations World Day of Peace yesterday with a demonstration downtown.
Members of Pivot2Peace, a Collingwood-based peace group, were outside the federal building on Hurontario Street for a couple of hours yesterday (Sept. 21) encouraging passersby to sign a peace pledge.
Helen Peacock, a founding member of the group, said more than 50 people signed the pledge, which includes a commitment to support non-violent efforts and to end all war and preparations for war.
The United Nations World Day of Peace, held on September 21 each year, is observed around the world as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace.
"This year, it has been clearer than ever that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere," said Peacock. "As we struggle to defeat COVID-19, and address the ongoing global climate crisis, any help will be appreciated."
Pivot2Peace (P2P) is a Collingwood-based group with over 120 members ( https://www.pivot2peace.com ). It is part of the newly-formed Canadian Peace Network which includes 60+ peace organizations across Canada. P2P is also a chapter of the internationally-based organization, World Beyond War, which has members in over 175 countries.
Pivot2Peace is committed to educating people about the costs of war and to raising awareness about non-violent alternatives as a way to resolve conflict.
Last year, on September 21st, the group hosted a Celebration of Peace at the Collingwood Legion.