The Peace Pole Project, whose home is at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, has hit a wonderful milestone. Several years ago we launched “The Classic White Peace Pole” based on the many Peace Poles that were made in Japan and planted around the world since the 1970’s. Prior to starting the Classic White Pole, we were making Peace Poles from cedar but wanted to create a way for more people to afford their own Peace Pole and that’s when the Classic White Peace Pole was born.
This summer we crafted the 2,500th Classic White Peace Pole. That isn’t the entire story. When we started with this style of Peace Pole, we created a partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization who’s mission is to plant trees around the world in areas of deforestation and places where developing communities could be positively affected by the planting of trees. These tree plantings are done not only for the shear environmental impact, for food, fiber and timber products, but also the physical and mental health benefits to humans and our fellow creatures when we are surrounded by trees. Our partnership with Trees for the Future has 10 trees planted on the African Continent for every single Classic White Peace Pole we craft. So this wonderful milestone of crafting so many Peace Poles is now responsible for the planting of twenty five thousand trees – and that’s a lot of trees.
In the photograph you will notice the logo of Rotary International on the top of this Peace Pole being held by Peace Pole maker Jim Dugan. The Peace Pole Project has long worked with Rotary and, more recently, the Jubitz Family Foundation who work with many Rotary chapters to plant Peace Poles across the northwestern United States. The Peace Pole Project deeply thanks our partners and everyone who has helped us get to this milestone by planting a Classic White Peace Pole and we look forward to crafting one for you.