March 26, 2015

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Last Friday, Grammy Award-winning musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Pharrell Williams and the United Nations Foundation welcomed 1,700 school children for the annual International Day of Happiness at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City to spread happiness by learning how to take climate action and build a better world.

Pharrell addressed the young audience with the story of how music brings him joy, saying, “I’m here to talk to you guys about the importance of happiness. Music brought my happiness. And when you find out what makes you happy… you should know that happiness is your birthright.” He continued with a message about the importance of protecting Earth, our home:

We only have one home. And I know we’re visiting neighbors like Mars, and you know we’ve been to the Moon, but we have a home. And there’s climate change. And I know you’ve seen the images and we have Sylvia Earle here tonight and we have Philippe Cousteau here to talk to you about that as well, but I’m going to give you my two cents, which is if you don’t take care of your home then you don’t have a life. So we have to now transition from climate change to climate action.

© Stuart Ramson/Invision for the United Nations Foundation/AP Images

© Stuart Ramson/Invision for the United Nations Foundation/AP Images

Mission Blue founder Dr. Sylvia Earle and explorer, environmentalist, and founder of EarthEcho International, Philippe Cousteau, attended as special “climate educators” to speak words of hope for a happy future with a healthy planet. “A lot of people are expressing a lot of doom and gloom about the problems with the planet and the consequences to us” said Dr. Earle. She continued:

ytSaf3YVkNF94CaoywMc-YBReCVKz6YOgwDp3P7BwvYBut here’s the thing: If you think there’s no solution to the problems, you don’t even try to fix things. But if you have a vision of a better place – what do you want the world to be? – then set about making it happen. What is the future you want? Think of a happier planet, a happier world. There are things that everyone can do to make a difference.

The day’s events included a digital activation by Google, inviting people to join a Global Happy Party for #HappyDay and #HappyPlanet, and a chance for kids to have their photos selected by Pharrell to appear in the NG Kids Magazine (through April 1!).

This event is part of a yearlong network of events produced by Live Earth leading up to the COP21 climate summit in Paris in December. Pharrell is the creative director for Live Earth, which aims to collect one billion signatures for a pledge to call for action at the upcoming conference.

Watch the full video of the #InternationalDayOfHappiness with NG Kids at the UN:

(Featured image © WIREIMAGE)

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2 Comments

  • A happier healthier world is possible, it is a world full of beauty and love, a world that nurtures and cares for everything and everyone. Everything within this world fills a purpose by sharing a wisdom of being, which can enlightens us and uplift our existence. It is through our relationship to the natural world that we are made aware of what to strive for and what to avoid; how to grow, expand, and evolve as a species and how to live in harmony with our home and planet: Earth. Our ability to analyze allows us to co-create and cooperate with Earth\’s biological systems and management. Through arts, sciences, and community service we learn to appreciate the world in which we live, and how together using creativity, imagination, and know-how we can make it better, we can set the bar for what needs to be valued to better serve us and the planet as our life force. We need to restore the diversity of our ecosystems, which is a key marker of our planet\’s health. We need counsels of elders in the sciences and the indigenous cultures that have lived closely with nature and studied it to be a greater part of our government and culture. We need to re-inherit the Earth as a majestic and sacred place and we need vision and style to do so… that\’s my calling.

  • Jordan Calbarito says:

    Wow this is a great thing that you are doing for the community and animal lovers and fish. I really support you guys this is really great Sylvia and Pharrell also members of the Sylvia Earle alliance people should actually appreciate this. I have been studying about overfishing and I know that it is not a bad thing.

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