Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
Updates and reports from around the world
Celebrating April as the "month of sustainable development," Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in Selangor held activities promoting environmental protection and eco-consciousness, including a community clean-up, tree planting, an exhibition and a lecture.
Titled "Let the Shoots of Hope Illuminate Our Homes," the tree planting was held at the SGM Kedah Culture Centre on April 19 to mark Earth Day, which is celebrated internationally on April 22. The planting was attended by some 80 people including friends of SGM members. Participants were given saplings to plant in their own gardens.
On April 28, members living in Sungai Buloh and Bestari Jaya held a community clean-up in collaboration with the Kuala Selangor district council. Some 70 people participated, including some local residents, who, seeing the activity in progress, decided to volunteer alongside SGM members to clear garbage, unclog drains and cut down dead branches at a playground in Taman Pancaran in Bestari Jaya.
On the same day, Anthony Tan, executive director of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) gave a lecture titled "Road Map towards Sustainable and Environmentally-friendly Development in Malaysia" at the SGM Petaling Jaya Centre. In his talk, Mr. Tan highlighted the need for ordinary citizens to become stewards of the environment, to be wary of greenwashing or deceptive green advertising and to make lifestyle changes in order to realize a sustainable society. One such change he advocated was the increased use of public transport to reduce vehicle emissions.
In addition, SGI and Earth Charter's jointly created exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was on display at the Centre. There was also an art contest for children aged 7 to 12 and a performance by members of SGM's Fei Yan Symphonic Band. related article SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden As part of the Bagmati Cleaning Program to improve the environment of the Bagmati River that runs through the city of Kathmandu, SGI-Nepal members have initiated the "Lotusbari" project to create a small garden on the banks of the river.
[Adapted from an article on the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy of SGM]
A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World—Mission Possible
by Anna Ikeda, co-chair, International Youth Summit for Nuclear Abolition
Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
SGI Joins Faith Groups in Launching Statement Condemning Nuclear Weapons
SGI-Nepal Earthquake Relief Activities
Freedom and Diversity
Education: A Transformative Potential
SGI Attends Earth Charter 15th Anniversary Forum in Costa Rica
SGI-Panama Holds Peace Festival
SGI-Spain Holds Lecture on Elimination of Violence against Women