For trailblazer and author Ilchi Lee, peace is about more than just respecting others. It is about living in harmony with the entire world. This includes all of the Earth's people, animals and natural resources.
This Friday, the world will be reminded of the importance of these principles, as April 22 marks this year's Earth Day. Groups around the world are planning events to mark the occasion, while trying to inspire others to live their lives a little more green.
The green movement is inextricably tied to peace. Many conflicts that arise in the world are the result of fighting over natural resources. These have come to play a central role in modern life.
However, showing more respect for these resources and living more sustainable lives could help put an end to these conflicts. The responsibility for this largely falls on individuals. Governments may be behind the wars, but individuals are behind the demand for resources that spark them.
This is one of the many reasons why Ilchi Lee urges people to be thoughtful stewards of the natural world they inhabit. Aside from preserving the natural beauty of the world, living green could go a long way toward preserving the peace.