"...sometimes, the only way to get things done is to to do them..."
What are you trying to do here?
The goal of this website is to promote the creation of an officially designated International Peace Trail. The vision of The Peace Trail is of a foot path along the corridor described in the Trail Description. The long term goal is to help create a self-sustaining, self-supporting, world wide commitment to the protection of Earth's natural resources and wilderness areas via an officially sanctioned World Wide Parks and Trails System.
The hope is that The Peace Trail will become the backbone to an internetwork of international organizations joined together to ensure the long-term protection of Earth's fragile and diminishing wilderness areas and natural habitats.
What can I do to Help?
Get involved! Help us keep the dream of The International Peace Trail alive. Promote it. Be a part of it. We need people all over the world to create and promote the grassroots support necessary to get the whole world involved. Because, to actually create the International Peace Trail will require total world wide participation. It is not something one person or one country can do alone. However, a small group of people can work together to promote the idea of the Peace Trail. When people come to see the elegant beauty of nature, the sublime synergy of life on our planet and what we cannot afford to lose by not planning for and preserving these priceless natural habitats and wilderness areas today, the idea will grow and someday there will be an International Peace Trail!
What else can I do?
- Donate: There are currently a great many organizations like the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund that are dedicated to protecting and restoring natural habitats, wetlands, and coral reefs, and are working to create a world wide parks and trails system though they may not know it yet. These people need your help! There is a short sample located here. If you know of such an organization that you support, then perhaps you could make an extra contribution to them. But when you do, please tell them about The International Peace Trail Project and what it could mean to providing an actual solution to such diverse issues as poverty and polution, economy and ecology, peace and prosperity.
- Tell Others: Start writing letters to religious and political leaders and organizations around the world expressing your interest in creating The International Peace Trail Alliance. Ask them to get interested as well. Tell everyone you know to visit this page and tell them to tell everyone they know to do the same.
- Advertise: Help us find advertisers. With advertisers we will be able to take this website to the next level. Our goal is to one day make a journey around the world on The Peace Trail and present an account that journey here on the web. The intent is to present the Earth's enormous diversity and beauty to its people in the hopes that they will stop fighting and killing each other and instead build a lasting monument to world peace and prosperity. The goal of this hike is to build the international support for the creation of a World Wide Parks and Trails System, The International Peace Trail, and The International Peace Trail Alliance.
The IPT Alliance will be a non-profit grassroots organization patterned after the CDTA and replicated to the other countries of the world.
- Post Our Banner: Use the Banner below on your website to help promote the Peace Trail.
(Right-click on image, select Save Picture As..., save to the images folder in your web directory, and copy the following code onto your page. Modify the img tag to reference where you have saved the image file)
<P align=center><A href="http://www.peacetrail.com" target="_top"> <IMG src="http://www.mywebpage.com/imagesfolder/PeaceTrailBanner.gif" alt="[The International Peace Trail Banner]" border=0 width=468 height=60> </A></P>
What is the International Peace Trail (IPT)?
The IPT is an idea, not an actuality...yet! It is our goal to make it a reality. We envision an infrastructure which links together much of Earth's highest terrain and wilderness areas into a massive World Wide Park and Trail System. The main corridor of this system would be the IPT.
Where does it begin/where does it end?
The IPT Begins atop Mt. Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It ends at the Parque Nac. Torres del Paine near the southern most tip of Chile. See the Trail Description for more details.
How long will it take?
We envision the Peace Trail Project in three stages:
1.)Phase one:Presentation (completed)
Here the ideas behind the IPT, and what we think it has to offer the world, are presented. Here we seek sponsors and grassroots support for the project so that we may continue to work towards the Trail's official designation.
2.)Phase Two: Promotion (ten year goal)
This phase will coincide with a documented journey along the International Peace Trail here on the web. The intent of the journey is to help generate the international support necessary to begin development of the IPT.
3.)Phase Three: Designation (thirty year goal)
This final phase will result in the completion and official designation of The International Peace Trail.
We expect each phase to take several years. Depending on the support it receives, Phase Two could begin anytime within the next ten years. We estimate Phase two could take anywhere from 8-11 years to complete. After that, it is anyone's guess how long it will be before the IPT receives official designation. We certainly hope it is by 2030, as we do not imagine that there will be very much left to protect after that.
How much will it cost?
Phase One has cost very little. The website here at Angelfire is only $3.95/month. It would be free but then there would be pop-ups, and I despise pop-ups. If you see pop-ups let me know!
While we do not know how much it will cost to traverse the entire Trail, we estimate between $50-80,000 per year per person. See Obstacles for more details. As for the cost of the IPT itself, we estimate it could well take several billions of dollars to complete. Such an accomplishment could not possibly occur without the full support, cooperation and commitment of the entire international community.
What do you mean by "official designation"?
Our goal is the official designation of the International Peace Trail. What this means is that through world wide international commitment and support, the lands through which The Peace Trail would run would be managed and protected by an official international agency. The goal is to ensure a lasting habitat for our remaining natural resources and wilderness areas. It is our belief that the official designation of the IPT will be instrumental to this goal.
Where did the idea for the IPT come from?
In 1988, our Web Master and Field Correspondent thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was this momentous occasion which, nearly eleven years later, gave him the idea for the International Peace Trail.
What do you need to get started with phase two?
Funding and Advertisers
Why do you want to do this?
The world needs a Peace Trail and it doesn't have one yet.
Is there a reason to stop back often?
Sure, I continue to work on this site as time and energy permits. There are lots of things I could do, would like to do and hope to do that I think will be worth stopping back for, until the day that I am able to retire to hike The Peace Trail that is. Then it gets even better!