Sustainable Development

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Peru Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition

Students view "Seeds of Change" exhibit

"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, was displayed at Santa National University (Universidad Nacional del Santa) in Chimbote, Peru, from October 13-20, 2006. The exhibit, a collaboration between the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, promotes awareness of environmental issues and introduces individuals' efforts to solve local problems such as deforestation and water shortage. University Rector Esteban Vincente Horna Bances and some 200 guests attended the October 13 opening. In his speech following a performance by the university chorus, Rector Horna stated,"Solving global environmental problems is a pressing issue for humanity. I hope the exhibit encourages each person to take concrete action towards that end."

During the eight-day showing, some 2,000 viewed the exhibit. One student remarked, "The exhibit was a unique opportunity to think about what must be done for the survival of Earth." Another said, "We have the duty to protect life, our most precious legacy, and I appreciate the exhibit for making me realize it."

[Adapted from an article in the December 2, 2006 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]