Ecology of Peace
Ecology of Peace
This chapter posits that positive, stimulating, and harmonious early childhoods can contribute to peace and human security, and that early life interventions can lay the foundations for conflict resolution and peace in future generations. These interventions can contribute to “peacebuilding” (actions that promote sustainable peace by supporting the prosocial skills needed for peace) as well as "peacemaking" through the enhancement of positive reciprocal communication within families, communities, and nations. This chapter reviews (a) the neurobiological foundations of peace, including genetic, epigenetic, hormonal, developmental, and social factors that shape young brains; (b) the importance of parenting and early learning for peacebuilding; and (c) the place that early childhood can play in bridging the gap between peacebuilding and peacemaking. Evidence suggests that change in favor of peace can be initiated not only from the top down, through official policies and agencies, but also from the bottom up, by supporting the physical, emotional, and social development of children and the well-being of their families and communities. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.
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