The eight components of the Eindhoven Peace Path
Building Blocks for World Peace
Ardennes Grey Rocks
1. The Peace Tree
In 2012 the Peace Tree was planted by the then alderman Mary Fiers. It is a tree of the species Ginkgo Biloba, also known as Maidenhair tree or Japanse nut tree. The Ginkgo Biloba is a symbol of hope, love, magic, timelessness and longevity.
The Maidenhair tree has inspired many artist, among which is Goethe. The leaves can be used to make tea and extracts of the Ginkgo Biloba are sold in health stores as nutritional supplement.
Video: Planting the Peace Tree
2. The The Herbal Labyrinth
A harmoniously sculptured circle that is richly planted with flowers and ecological herbs symbolizes the constructive forces of nature. Flowers and plants are by gravitation and vigor always optimizing and ecologically inspiring for a dynamic and peaceful balance. They also form a feast for bees, butterflies and insects such as lady bugs.
The small labyrinth invites you to walk and contemplate amidst the flowers and herbs. The deisgn is made by Claudia Stold from Buro De Tuinfluiter in consultation with the Eindhoven Peace Centre and the Natuurwerkplaats Meerhoven.
3. The Circle of Peace
In march 2016, the Cirle of Peace was built in cooperation with the Natuurwerkplaats Meerhoven. The Circle of Peace offers lots of opportunities to celebrate local peace and world peace. It is a place for meeting and gethering, for lectures, sining, music, theatre, dance, sports, dialogue, multilogue in consultation, meditation and mediation.
A reporter from Eindhovens Dagblad was present when the construction started and published an article in the newspaper of march 25th 2016:
4. The Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action. More info can be found on the Earth Charter website.
5. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
On September 25th 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.
Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. The UN also put together a list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future.
6. The Science of Peace: Irenology
Irenology is the science of peace and is the counterpart of polemology, the science of war. This component of the Eindhoven Peace Path symbolizes that scientific ways towards world peace are both possible and needed. All forms of arts and technologies -when applied in a peacefull manner- can contribute to World Peace.
7. Co-operative games
Experience the power of teamwork. In co-operative games, all players have the same goal. The players win or lose together! Playing a co-operative game is a pleasant and constructive experience. The games show that working together can be just as profitable or even more rewardfull than competing against others.
Along the Eindhoven Peace Path a life-sized game of Peace-Chess will be constructed. Here, visitors can play yhe game Metapontum -Peace Chess. Next to the Metapontum, a second co-operative game will be placed. This is an entirely new game that will be custom-made for the Eindhoven Peace Path. The realization of the co-operative games is made possible by a contribution from the Museum voor Vrede en Geweldloosheid.
8. The Wall of Peace with the World Peace Flame
World Peace Flames are a symbol of peace, unity, freedom and celebration. They stand for the essential freedom of the human spirit to create peace at any time under any circumstances – a view endorsed by the millions of people who have lit The World Peace Flame as a symbol of this dream.
A World Peace Flame placed in a Wall of Peace forms the radiant centre of the Eindhoven Peace Path. It will not burn in a traditional sense but through a high-tech solution.
Ultimately, the Wall of Peace is a universal beacon for peace. On the Wall of Peace, the word Peace can be read in dozens of different languages, making the wall a starting point for World Peace.
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