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Swedish Explorer Becomes a Non-Violence Ambassador

Johan Ernst Nilson a Swedish explorer, philanthropist and adventure activist  has become a Global Non-Violence Ambassador . He has been supporting the work of The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) . Based in Geneva the NVPF :

”  is a non-profit foundation with the mission to inspire, engage and motivate young people to understand how to solve conflicts without resorting to violence.”

Knotted Gun Sculpture

Johan Ernst’s motto in life – “Everything is Possible – the Impossible just takes more time!” has made him one of the world’s leading explorers having accomplished 52 expeditions in 172 countries.

Including:

  • a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole
  • climbing the Seven Summits
  • flying a boat across Europe
  • cycling from Sweden to the Sahara Desert.

He is an advocate against global warming and poverty, and now a strong supporter and activist for nonviolence and peace in the world.

Johan Ernst Nilson said:

“I know that people always will disagree. We are 7 billion people and there will always be disagreements in our world. But I am certain that we are able to find a balance in the world, and the key is information, education and communication.

“Our next generation needs to learn the moral and ethics grounds; we need to start understanding and respect one another better. I am proud to be a global Non-Violence Ambassador and will use all my power to engage people I meet to support the important mission – to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully.”

As a Non-Violence Ambassador Johan Ernst has designed his own knotted gun sculpture, originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. Johan Ernst’s sculpture, named One World, is decorated with all UN member states flags and illustrates Johan Ernst’s vision for the peaceful world. The UN has recently released three Non-Violence stamps under their definitive collection, the One World sculpture design being one of them.

Jan Hellman, Co-Founder NVPF, said:

“The Non-Violence Ambassador plays an important role and enables us to spread the awareness about our educational programs and activities around the world. We are very grateful and happy that Johan Ernst joins the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr and Muhammed Ali (RIP) as a Global Non-Violence Ambassador”

The Knotted Gun

The Knotted Gun was originally created as a memorial tribute to  John Lennon, shot and killed outside his home in New York City on December 8, 1980.

You can read more about it here: The Knotted Gun

1 reply »

  1. I always liked the image of a young girl, offering a soldier a flower, across a line of fixed bayonets, while the soldier stands, impassive. But – could he have been impassive? She’s a young girl, offering him a flower.
    I hope I’m allowed to use this image!

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