Oman Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition
"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was held in two cities in the Sultanate of Oman: in Muscat from November 4-12; and in Sur on November 16, 2006. The exhibition highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and encourages heightening human awareness of environmental issues, which will lead to positive changes in the global environment. Oman is the second Middle Eastern country to host "Seeds of Change," following a November 2005 showing in Dubai. .
The Environment Society of Oman (ESO), an Omani NGO, collaborated with the exhibition's creators to organize and sponsor the Oman showing, which some 2,000 citizens visited, including over 600 students.
The November 4 opening in Muscat was attended by His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib al Said, ESO patron, and Her Highness Sayyida Tania bint Shabib al Said, ESO president, from the Sultanate's Royal Family. In his address HH Sayyid Tarik remarked that it is important for all to play their part in protecting the environment. He was pleased that many schools had organized field trips to the event. A special screening of the educational film "A Quiet Revolution," which also highlights environmental concerns was held.
The event was covered by the Observer, the largest English daily in Oman.