EARTH DAY 2016 PROGRAM
THE 46th ANNUAL UN PEACE BELL CEREMONY ON EARTH DAY
ON THE EQUINOX, MARCH 20, 2016.
Video of the Ceremony -- 62 minutes
The moment of equinox in New York City was 12:30 am EDT;
the ceremony was held at that hour.
Welcome and Introduction: by Monica Getz, Master of Ceremonies. At the moment of the equinox, spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere and fall begins in the Southern Hemisphere. At that precise moment, night and day are equal all over the world.
Greetings by Helen Garland, Chairman, Earth Society Foundation.
Musical performance by the young Tarumi Violinists under the direction of Yukako Tarumi, accompanied by Guillermo Vaisman on accordion.
Other speakers were Earth scientist David Lincoln, aide John Drysdale, ESF Secretary Mary Carlin, journalist Ann Charles, and others, with reports of bells ringing around the world and a message from the UN Secretary General.
Participants then gathered around the UN Peace Bell for ringing of the Peace Bell. The Bell was rung three times, followed by a Minute for Peace. This was a moment for silent prayer, meditation or reflection, for “peace, justice and the care of Earth,” as advanced by the Earth Day Founder, John McConnell.
Concluding musical performance by Tarumi Violinists.
video: Joe Friendly.
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The Earth Society Foundation