Sustainable Development

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Exhibition Supporting the UN's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Opens in Ibaraki

A mother and her children stop in front of illustrated panel of a world map pinpointing environmental degradation

The "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened September 14 at the Tsukubamirai City General Athletic Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. The Ibaraki Newspaper Company and the Ibaraki Broadcasting Company are supporting the exhibition, created and organized by Soka Gakkai. The SGI proffered the idea for the Decade based on a proposal put forth by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. It was accepted as a part of the UN's official "Global Implementation Document" at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, September 2002. The Decade officially began in 2005, with UNESCO leading the effort. The exhibition aims to raise awareness and promote education about major global issues such as global warming, deforestation, the worsening gap between rich and poor. The exhibition also explores solutions to these intractable problems and encourages the strengthening of international cooperation for discovering those solutions.

Subtitled, "The Future is in Our Hearts," the exhibition is divided into three sections: "The Present World" takes up global warming and other current environmental problems. "The Heart to Protect and Foster Life" highlights the efforts of six women to protect the environment, such as Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai who leads the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. "A Revolution of the Heart to Enhance the World" introduces the Soka Gakkai's environmental activities that began with the ideals embraced by first and second Soka Gakkai Presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, respectively. It also presents a chronicle of Mr. Ikeda's dialogues with international leaders with whom he discusses ideas for solving global issues and restoring and reviving the global environment. All posters and flyers are environmentally friendly and use recycled paper, inks and dyes made from soybeans.

Visitors stop to read about renowned economist and futurist Hazel Henderson, who spearheaded a citizens group that fought air pollution in New York when she was a mother of a young son suffering from allergies
From a colossal exhibition panel depicting Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai, leader of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya

[Venue: Children and Youth Training Center, Tsukubamirai City General Athletic Park, Ibaraki Prefecture; Miraidaira Station on the Tsukuba Express Line. Date and Time: Thu., Sep. 14 - Mon., Sep.18; 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Opens at 1:00 p.m. on first day; closes at 5:00 p.m. on final day.) Admission is free.] (Future Schedule: Sep. 17-24, Kushiro City, Hokkaido. Sep. 29-Oct. 1, Konan City, Aichi Prefecture. Oct. 4-9, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Oct. 6-9, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.]