9/11/13: Remember, Learn, Empower

We all have a story that connects us to the events that occurred 12 years ago today, and each story matters. Regardless of where you were or what you were doing you share this experience with everyone in the world. If we can take one positive message from this, it is that because we are all connected we have the opportunity to learn from one another. Take today to remember, but also take today to let your mind open just a bit more than it was yesterday. Accept differences in culture, in backgrounds, in beliefs, and in opinions. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance for you to become more worldly.

Our partner Blindfold Magazine achieves this every day by unveiling the cultural blockades we create ourselves and opening the world to the possibilities of a transparent future. Below is an article featured on their blog that promotes the kind of good that comes from reaching out and coming together. In a time where we are still striving for peace, organizations like Falling Whistles (available at Lux & Eco) are leading the way in promoting unity, as best said by Blindfold:

“Blow For Peace” By Courtney Nachlas on the Blindfold Magazine Blog

Five young boys shared stories that started a war. The boys were refugees from different rebel armies in the Congo, where they were forced to fight in one of the world’s worst wars. They shared their stories with a traveler, who started his own war for peace.

 One of the boys told the traveler the story of young child soldiers who stood on the frontlines of war in the Congo. The child soldiers were too small to hold a gun so instead they held whistles. These children, mostly kidnapped from their homes, are put on the frontlines of the army to take the first round of bullets that come through. With only whistles to arm themselves, these children were forced into a fatal demise.

 This story was written down by Sean Casarro, the traveler, and sent out to 80 people. Those 80 individuals shared the story and it continued to grow. Suddenly, Falling Whistles was born.

 Falling Whistles is an organization that sells whistles, like the ones the child soldiers wore, to help promote peace in the Congo. These whistles represent the power our voices have to help those who do not have a voice.

 Besides spreading the word about one of the most dangerous wars in the world, Falling Whistles partners with Congolese leaders to help rehabilitate escaped child soldiers and help individuals still affected by the war.  In fact, 100% of the proceeds of the whistles go to aiding the Congolese people who have suffered through this war. Their goal is to build a global coalition for peace.

Wearing a falling whistle above your heart represents your voice and your choice to fight a war for peace. To get involved visit www.fallingwhistles.com . Falling Whistles refuses to be silent and in their struggle they ask for everyone to share their story and become a whistleblower for peace.

Falling Whistles

 

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Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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