Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat U.S., discusses how global voyages for peace are transforming students and communities around the world. Founded in Japan in 1983, Peace Boat is an education facility and learning community with library, yoga and Pilates studios, and gardens that sails the high seas. With voyages in the Baltic, Iceland, North Atlantic, South Africa, Kenya, Chile, the Marshall Islands, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Japan, and the United States (just to name a few) the Peace Boat cultivates cultural cross pollination in the context of peace education and sustainable development. The Peace Boat was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, and has sailed on over 100 global voyages, convening and educating over 60,000 people in more than 100 countries.
Peace Boat recently launched its Ecoship initiative (the “Tesla of Cruise Ships”), to radically reduce its carbon footprint and showcase leading green technologies in ports around the globe. Committed to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), Peace Boat fosters inter-generational collaboration, especially between youth and elders, and even has a Montessori school on board! Students also gain direct access to the Ocean & Climate Youth Ambassador program, the Blue Tech Summit, the Youth for Disarmament movement, the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, and the Blue Innovation Summit.
Emilie McGlone has been with Peace Boat since 2004, and is currently the United Nations liaison and Director of the New York based office of Peace Boat U.S. Having lived in Japan for 10 years, after participating in the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) program, Emilie has a degree in International Relations and Cultural Studies from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. When on land, she frequents parks and practices “shinrin yoku” (Japanese: “forest bathing”) in parks and woodlands to maintain a personal connection to the natural living world, especially living much of the time in New York City.
Peace Boat is docking in New York City October 10th, 2019, where it is hosting a special port-side gathering, and will be on a special voyage to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico June 20-July 3rd, 2020. Special SDG scholarships are available for youth (ages 18-30) – more information at: www.peaceboat.org/english and www.ecoship-pb.com.
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