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In September and October SGI members in Venezuela, Canada and the Philippines took part in environmental activities to promote sustainability together with local conservation organizations.
On October 5, in collaboration with Misión Árbol, 215 members of SGI-Venezuela planted 500 ornamental grasses to support the recovery and restoration of the landscape of Los Chorros Recreational Park in the capital Caracas. Misión Árbol is a government initiative that aims to involve the community in reforestation efforts and raise awareness of the sustainable use of forests. The SGI and Earth Charter International jointly created exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was also on display at the park.
On September 28, some 35 SGI-Canada youth participated in an annual tree planting activity with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) in Ontario. SGI-Canada and CVC have a 13 year partnership, but this time many of the youth were new to the activity. A total of 150 trees were planted. Established in 1954, CVC is a community-based environmental organization and one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario.
On September 15, in the southernmost island of the Philippines, Mindanao, members of SGI-Philippines' young men's group from Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental Province together with students from the Lotus Sutra Research Group (LSRG) at the city's Capitol University travelled to Taytay on the outskirts of El Salvador City to plant some 2,000 mangrove trees. This activity is part of an initiative that started with the planting of 500 mangrove trees by the young men in 2003. Since then, they have been regularly tending the trees and have planted some 20,600 mangroves in the area.
[Adapted from the October 2013 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News, and articles on the Soka Gakkai Venezuela (SGIV) and Soka Gakkai Philippines websites; photos courtesy of SGIV, SGI-Canada and Soka Gakkai Philippines] related article Learn, Reflect, Empower: SGI and Education for Sustainable Development by Nobuyuki Asai Viewing "Seeds of Hope" at the SGM Perak Culture Centre, Malaysia [SGM] In the 1930s, the Soka Gakkai's founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi based his radical teaching methods on close study of the relationships between people and their immediate environment. He stressed that individuals should be aware of three levels of citizenship: our local commitments; our national community; and the wider world.
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