“For me and many others the First Earth Run is one of the most inspiring events of the 20th century. A Dream For Our World moves it into the 21st century by helping us see its relevance to this challenging time. As I read this story the power of the torch re-ignited my hope for the world and commitment to make a difference with my life.”– Peter van Luttervelt, President, Tao Consulting and former director, Global Action Plan Netherlands.
This remarkable story describes a time of great fear on the planet, the cold war. It tells how the simple and profound act of passing a torch of peace around the world in partnership with the United Nations engaged the participation of millions of people, the world’s political leaders, and through the media, an estimated 20% of the planet’s population. It is a story of how the impossible became possible, creating transformative ripples out into the world, many of which are still being felt today.
The initiative, entitled the First Earth Run, came to be seen as one of the great success stories about what can be accomplished in our world with the power of imagination and the commitment of dedicated individuals.The unique conditions that allowed it to succeed then are once again present now. Then, the palpable fear in the world caused it to contract. This created a countervailing pressure for expansion and transformation. It was that opening that allowed this anomaly in world events to occur.
We are once again facing a similar fear and contraction in the world, which is again creating a comparable pressure toward expansion and transformation. I hope that this story will prove instructive, inspiring the imagination and will of many around the world to enter into this opening. To enable this it concludes with “7 Actions to Change the World.”
These seven actions have the potency, if done by enough people, to further the Great Turning. They all operate from the empowerment premise that it is we who must create the world we want, stated so well in the phrase, “when the people lead, the leaders will follow.” They carry into present time themes and strategies that allowed the world to respond so powerfully to the First Earth Run. They are created as a menu of choice, with some quite simple and others requiring more commitment. And each invites us to carry on the ancient Hopi tradition of the DreamKeeper – one who stewards the profound belief that humanity can live in harmony with each other and the Earth.
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Read this interview with David Gershon and Gail Straub from Context Institute, entitled, "Earth Run, Circling the globe with a torch of peace."
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Remarks from US President Ronald Reagan
Remarks by UN Secretary-General H.E. Javier Perez de Cueller
Remarks by James P. Grant, Executive Director of UNICEF
This music was inspired by the First Earth Run. It contains musical offerings by a number of artists who call upon us to envision a planet of peace, cooperation, global unity and our responsibility to create it.
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1. Earth Run Anthem: Amanda George, James Papoulis – 2:202. Earth Run Anthem (instrumental): James Papoulis – 2:193. Run for the Life of the World: Julie Stafford, Dave Nolan – 3:504. Carry the Flame: Randy Bishop, Lisa C. Cohen – 4:045. Give the World a Chance: M. Tewksbury, P. Spiller – 4:385. Earth Run: Lee Ritenour – 4:327. D'Une Rive A L'Autre: Michel Jonasz – 4:048. Celebrate Life Around the World: Joyce, Ray – 1:399. Run for My Life: Cavarier – 4:0910. We Love You First Earth Run: Franko – 5:0711. Pass Me the Torch of Peace: Omar Ken – 5:13
As part for the First earth Run, there was a national competition in Japan to create posters celebrating this epic event to further peace in the world. It inspired a great outpouring of creativity and vision. What follows are the wining posters and the runners-up.