Formia, Italy, Hosts "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential" Exhibition
From January 18-24, 2007, the "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was held in Formia, an Italian city in Latina Province, located halfway between Rome and Naples along the Mediterranean coast. A noted seaside resort for the Roman aristocracy in the days of the Roman Empire, Formia developed into a political center with its strategic location on the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road connecting Rome to Brindisi in southeast Italy. More than 1,500 people visited the exhibition, including many schoolchildren who were on social studies class field trips. The city, which cosponsored the exhibition with the SGI, has a strong focus on fostering youth.
At an official closing ceremony on January 24 at the city hall, Formia presented a plaque of appreciation to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda that recognized Mr. Ikeda's contributions to peace through his steady dialogues with leaders from various sectors of society. Vice Mayor Vincenzo Liguori, who was present at the ceremony, expressed his pleasure at the success of the exhibition and remarked that he hopes to continue to collaborate with SGI-Italy members in strengthening awareness of peace, culture and education among Formia's citizens. Formia Council Member Giovanna Grimaldi, in charge of cultural affairs, praised the exhibition for enriching the human spirit and said, "I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the exhibition for teaching us how crucial dialogue is to peacebuilding."
[Adapted from an article in the February 8, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]