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The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern. It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights the fact that a single individual can initiate positive change.
It also introduces the positive vision for sustainable living expressed in the Earth Charter, and gives examples of eight individuals and groups who have successfully taken action for change, from Africa to the Arctic and Eastern Europe.
The message “It starts with one” is key—the slogan that the Earth Charter International have chosen for their “Earth Charter Plus 10” campaign in 2010.
The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition contains 24 panels, including one left blank with a simple tree design so viewers can attach their own statement of what they will do toward sustainability.
The exhibition uses the “Learn, Reflect, Empower” formula outlined in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development and is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
related article Seeds of Hope: The Power of One by Barbara Jenkins Introducing the key message of the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition—change starts with one step and with one individual. For further information about availability of this exhibition for educational use, contact Nobuyuki Asai. The exhibition is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese versions.
“Seeds of Hope” is a successor to the “Seeds of Change” exhibition which was created for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002, and has since been shown in 27 countries in 13 languages and seen by 1,500,000 people around the world.
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