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AS HURRICANES HERALD CLIMATE CRISIS,
PEACE DAY WEBCAST STREAMS HOPE FOR CHANGE
NEW YORK, NY, September 9, 2019 – As thousands struggle to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Dorian, the global danger of climate change has never been clearer. No wonder the United Nations has chosen “Climate Action for Peace” as the theme for the UN’s International Day of Peace, celebrated each year on September 21. Millions of viewers worldwide will be watching the 11th Annual Peace Day Global Broadcast as it spotlights local climate initiatives around the globe. The broadcast features relevant performances by popular musicians and talks with leaders in environmental issues. The broadcast streams from the United Nations website for the International Day of Peace, or directly from PeaceChannel.com, the only online non-profit network that focuses 24/7 on peace, prosperity and protecting the planet.
Featured newsmakers include:
- Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General
- Greta Thunberg, Teenage Environmental Activist
- Michael Douglas, UN Messenger of Peace
- Shakira, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
- Pharrell Williams, UN Ambassador for the International Day of Happiness
- Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace
- Prem Rawat, Global Peace Ambassador
The Peace Day Global Broadcast is hosted by film and television personalities Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachelle Carson Begley, both noted environmental activists. “We’re bringing you music, news and views about what each of us can do to take care of this planet,” said the award-winning actor. “Rachelle and i live here in a home we designed to save energy, save water and save money. And we do what we can to encourage everyone to respect the environment. “
“By taking care of the planet, we’re taking care of ourselves and each other.” said actor/producer Rachelle Carson Begley. “We hope Peace Day Global Broadcast viewers will find one more thing that they can do to help.”
The Peace Day Global Broadcast is the brainchild of human rights activist Bill McCarthy, founder and president of the Unity Foundation, who has advocated for the United Nations since 1984. He authored the Amazon best-seller Lessons from a Woodstock Journey.President Barack Obama has recognized him for lifetime achievement in global unity.
“Eleven years ago, Unity Foundation launched the Peace Day Global Broadcast to celebrate the message that peace is really possible,” explains Bill McCarthy, founder and president of Unity Foundation and co-founder of the Peace Day Global Broadcast with Unity Foundation vice-president Laurien Towers. “Since then, we’ve been honored by participation from world leaders and international celebrities. We’ve reached millions of viewers in 132 countries. Our audience just keeps on growing.”
Peace Channel executive producer and co-founder, lawyer David Weinberg, has spent much of his career promoting peace and social justice. “Peace and the planet are everyone’s responsibility,” he says. “Watch our broadcast. Help get the word out. Post your own peace message videos to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/peace.channel.us/ and on Twitter at Peace Channel @peacechannel_1 , #peaceday, #peacechannel. Peace needs to go from one day to everyday.”
“Today, climate change is threatening the lives and livelihoods of people all over the planet,” says Dr. Darlene Shelton, Peace Channelfounder and the show’s director. “The good news is that neighbors in many parts of the world are cooperating with each other to protect the environment in big and small ways. The Peace Day Global Broadcast encourages viewers to take heart, have hope, and recognize that each of us has a role to play in protecting the planet.”
About the Peace Day Global Broadcast
The Peace Day Global Broadcast promotes the vitally important work of the United Nations, its humanitarian agencies, and organizations working for peace, the environment, human rights, and social and economic justice. The broadcast spotlights the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by all UN member countries. Now in its eleventh year, the Peace Day Global Broadcast is produced by the Unity Foundation in partnership with Peace Channel. It is the first broadcast produced specifically for distribution on the United Nations website for the International Day of Peace, with video content produced by the United Nations and its agencies.
About Unity Foundation
Unity Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a 43 year history of promoting peace, cooperation and unity throughout the world through music and media events. Unity Foundation President Bill McCarthy and Vice President Laurien Towers are the founders and executive producers of the annual Peace Day Global Broadcast. In 1975, inspired by a Jefferson Starship lyric, aspiring rock singer Bill McCarthy launched Unity Foundation (UnityFoundation.org) with a benefit concert headlined by Jefferson Starship and the Grateful Dead that united 45 disparate community organizations. Contributions to Unity Foundation are tax deductible through the fiscal sponsorship of the Peace Development Fund.
About Peace Channel
Peace Channel is the only not-for-profit network streaming music, news and views about peace, prosperity and protecting the planet. It curates the best of YouTube programming and produces original videos to present peace as a positive experience that begins with each of us. In 2014, media psychologist Dr. Darlene Shelton and lawyer David Weinberg, a community peace advocate, introduced PeaceChannel.com as a digital platform streaming the best of humanity.