Sustainable Development

Back to listMay 13, 2005

SGI-Italy and SGI-Germany Host Environmental and Children's Art Exhibition, Respectively

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition in Grugliasco, Italy

On April 16-23, SGI-Italy hosted "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, at Elio Vittorini State High School in Grugliasco City, Turin Province, Italy. Elio Vittorini State High School Vice Principal Maria Vicarya, representative teachers and students and Grugliasco Mayor Marcello Mazzù attended the opening. Mayor Marcello referred to the SGI's human rights exhibit "Toward a Century of Humanity--An Overview of Human Rights in Today's World," which showed in Grugliasco in 2000 and was positively received. He also introduced the city's efforts at environmental preservation and stressed the importance of encouraging each citizen to realize the spirit of the Earth Charter.

Local children's groups presented songs and dances

In Germany, the SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" was held from April 10 through May 8, at a state theatre in Stuttgart. SGI-Germany and the UNICEF Stuttgart Committee cohosted the event, which displayed some 150 children's paintings collected from throughout the world. Some 800 attended the opening, including Stuttgart Vice Mayor Klaus Dieter Murawski. Germany's First Lady Eva Luise Köhler sent a congratulatory message. The Stuttgart regional, a local newspaper, covered the event and introduced the SGI's humanistic ideals and worldwide activities. Over 3,000 visited the exhibition.