Jamaica, the Caribbean island nation that gave birth to “One Love,” a message of unconditional love and acceptance for all, has challenged the world to take the pledge for peace and healing. On February 6th, Bob Marley’s birthday, Jamaicans celebrated the message of “One Love”-­ unconditional love and acceptance, universal brotherhood, forgiveness, and respect.bob-marley-one-love-sticker-bm7205

Sharon Parris-Chambers, author and Living Values Education national coordinator for Jamaica has rekindled the “One Love” call that was first announced in 2005 during the national tribute to Bob Marley on his 60th birthday in Kingston. It was then that about ‘Eight Daughters of Zion’ and Robert Roskind first called on Jamaicans to pray, fast and heal their land. Roskind, co-producer of the event spoke in downtown Kingston, Jamaica to an overflowing crowd of about 12,000 people, plus millions more who joined by TV, radio and the Internet. The milestone celebration of Marley’s birthday was a collaborative effort of the Jamaican Government, the Bob Marley Foundation and the Roskind family.

Parris-Chambers is asking people to take the "One Love Pledge that says: "I pledge to love, forgive, trust and respect myself and others." The motto of this movement is: "Out of Many, One People." Parris-Chambers is asking for the people of the Africa and the African Diaspora to join Jamaica in making a commitment to world peace. “This is a healing message for our time now as it was when Marley embraced it, and lived it during his lifetime through his philosophy and music,” she said.

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Parris-Chambers goal is to get at least 50,000 people to sign the pledge. She believes that the return of ‘One Love” as a way of life in Jamaica will set the example for people around the world experiencing conflicts, strife, hunger, and abuse. “Let us be the light of the world and make Jamaica shine as the jewel that she is. Returning to “One Love” as a way of life means that we will love, accept, forgive and respect ourselves and our fellow brothers and sisters.   “We feel that Jamaica needs to remember the true meaning and purpose of ‘One Love’ and to become again the model for ‘One Love’ around the world.”

On February 6, 2013 at the Bob Marley Birthday celebration for world peace, people all over were asked to form prayer groups and meditation groups in an effort to promote peace and healing in the world, and continue throughout the year. People are asked to indulge in whatever rituals they would like including chanting, drumming, dancing to express their beliefs and commitment to the One Love principles. “Speak healing words and greeting each other with the words of “One Love” and peace is a beginning,” says Parris-Chambers, who is the also the co-founder with her husband Theo Chambers of 'Let's Do it in the Caribbean' a media source promoting all things related to the Caribbean.

Believing that the “One Love” initiative can be best propelled throughout the world through a “One Love’ call to action begininning with the self, she has called people to take the "One Love Pledge." She says that the formation of “One Love” committees by committed leaders can help to send a powerful message. “The committees can help communities to create One-Love projects (such as Mind Gardens – www.causes.com), One-Love foras (symposium & conferences) and One Love marches.

Sharon Chambers 332Parris-Chambers, who along with her husband, is the co-founder of PositiveTourism.com,  promoting Caribbean travel, believes that tourism can play a significant role in promoting peace in the world today. She sites examples of organizations like Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) as pushing forth peace agendas that she supports. She says that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the leading international organization in the field of tourism promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWHTO has promoted a policy for poverty alleviation through the application of sustainable tourism development. She also cites working in partnership with organizations like the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) as a way to promote world peace.

Parris-Chambers also feels that it is important to work with youth and young adults in teaching non-violence conflict resolutions and qualities to promote peace. “Listening to these youth at various youth conferences showed me that we have to create opportunities for them to excel in order to see their full potential. Therefore, I am calling for a Hemispheric Youth Conference, where the youth sets the agenda, procures funding and invites its guests. Removing all political impediments, the conference would target strategies for development by youth committees of change agents committed to a better tomorrow today.”

“When we see each other as a reflection of ourselves, when we see crime and violence as a lower-life form acts and reject them, when we destroy all weapons, when we share earth’s wealth equitably around the world so that no one dies of hunger, when I become you and you become me…then we will have true peace. Gandhi’s words would have to be fulfilled - “be the change you seek in the world.”

Take the Pledege!