Sept. 21 is the 30th annual International Day of Peace. Created by the United Nations in 1982, it's a special day for individuals, groups, and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared day. Peace leads to the same good things as sustainability.
Peace's opposites waste, kill, pollute and harm. Armed conflict has impacts on the environment, food and water, children, women and animals. Environmental effects include erosion, deforestation, extinction, migration, desertification and pollution.
Peace's allies -- brotherhood, justice and love -- these are things that define a sustainable society.
Sept. 21 is also a Day of Ceasefire, personal and political. Use this day to make peace in your own relationships.
On Sept. 21, do something positive with other people. You will enjoy it and it will make the world a slightly better place!
MADELEINE BROWN, Richland