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Jamie Heap
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Westbound Peace Bus Stops in Cumberland County

The West Bound coast-to-coast Peace Bus, which contains twelve teens from across Canada and two adult leaders, have their picture take with Elizabeth Eaton, the grand daughter of the late Cyrus Eaton, Saturday in front of the Thinkers' Lodge in Pugwash.

PUGWASH-The Peace Bus made a stop in Cumberland County Saturday to promote its cause. The Westbound coast-to-coast Peace Bus, which includes 12 teens from across Canada, commenced their 39-day trip in Halifax on July 25.

“The goal of this leadership development, adventure/ travel program is to promote community-oriented service projects centered on peace education, diversity, human rights, conflict and resolution and sustainable development,” explained Jeff Dubney. “We will be stopping in communities across Canada in ten provinces (where we will be) working on grassroots service projects,” he added.

The Windsor Salt C2C Peace Bus, whose mission statement is “educating and inspiring action for a more just and peaceful world,” stopped in Pugwash on Saturday where it visited both Windsor Salt (its sponsor) and the Thinker’s Lodge.

“How could we not stop and visit Pugwash on our way to Prince Edward Island?” exclaimed Dubney. “Pugwash is so beautiful and full of history,” he added.

The Thinkers’ Lodge, a national historic site situated at the mouth of the Pugwash River estuary, remains a symbol of peace decades after the Cold War’s conclusion.

During the height of the Cold War, the first Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs took place at the Thinkers’ Lodge in 1957. Philanthropist Cyrus Eaton(1883-1979) hosted the conference that dealt with nuclear disarmament.

The Pugwash Movement, “an influential transnational organization for nuclear disarmament,” commenced.  In 1995, said conference won the Nobel Peace Prize.

While there, members of the westbound Peace Bus enjoyed a picnic lunch on the verandah of the Thinkers Lodge where they ate, talked and had a group photo taken with Elizabeth Eaton, the granddaughter of the late Cyrus Eaton.

On their way to Prince Edward Island, the Peace Bus also stopped in Tidnish.

On Saturday night, the Peace Bus camped at Grand Digue (near Shediac, New Brunswick) before visiting the Hopewell Rocks on Sunday. Afterwards, the Peace Bus will be off to volunteer at Camp Rotary near Fredericton, New Brunswick.

From there, the westbound coast-to-coast Peace Bus, which arrived within in ten minutes of the eastbound one Saturday, will continue travelling across Canada over the next 35 days before reaching Victoria, British Columbia on August 31, 2013.

As for the eastbound Peace Bus, they were on their way to the Fallsbrook Sustainability Centre for the "free school" weekend celebration.

For more information, visit www.cisv.ca/peacebus. You can also follow their adventures on Facebook as well at https://www.facebook.com/PeaceBus.

 

 

Organizations: Pugwash Movement, Fallsbrook Sustainability Centre

Geographic location: PUGWASH, Canada, Cumberland County Prince Edward Island Halifax New Brunswick Pugwash River Tidnish Shediac Fredericton Victoria British Columbia

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