Duncan Mcintyre does – and he’s looking for cyclists to join him. In Autumn 2014, he’s spending 10 days cycling 300 miles through the landscapes of the First World War – from Ypres to Verdun – to recognise the hundredth anniversary of WWI and the tenth anniversary of Peace Direct. Along the way he will visit battlefields and memorial sites to reflect on past and present conflicts.
Are you the type of person whose eyes light up at this prospect? Would you love to spend 10 days cycling through the countryside, contemplating the causes of conflict and I’m sure much, much more.
“Why do conflicts happen?” Duncan asks. In the case of WWI it was, in part, the disastrous failure of peacemaking and diplomacy. What are the consequences of war? Millions of lives lost, disruption to families and societies. Since WWI we have been witness to a number of wars: today there are fewer wars, but they last longer. What have we learnt in the past 100 years about preventing and resolving conflict – and what are we doing now to make this happen?
Here at Peace Direct we focus not only on resolving current conflicts but on preventing future ones. We support peacebuilding to create sustainable, long-term peace. We do this in a distinctive and powerful way – by empowering local people to resolve and prevent conflict in ways that suit their cultures and communities.
So with all that in mind, why not join Duncan on his peace ride through the Western Front and help to raise money for Peace Direct’s work.
Please contact Duncan if you want to know more.
Duncan MacIntyre, 74 Montgomery St, Eaglesham, Glasgow, G76 0AU
[email protected]. tel 01355302884