SGI-Paraguay Sponsors Exhibition on Sustainable Living
On June 13 and 14, 2007, SGI-Paraguay sponsored "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, at the Universidad Columbia del Paraguay (Columbia University of Paraguay). At the exhibition opening on the 14th, University President Rodrigo Urbieta told how he came to know about the SGI through the local SGI-Paraguay members, and how inspired he was by Nichiren Buddhism, which empowers individuals and enables them to manifest their inner potential. He also recounted his first meeting with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 2003 when he traveled to Japan to present Mr. Ikeda with an honorary doctorate in sociology.
"Seeds of Change" also showed at the Colegio Perpetuo Socorro, which offers elementary through high school education, in Luque, Central Province, on May 2. Following greetings by Principal Nidia Rodriguez de Cayoso and SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita, the students viewed A Quiet Revolution, a film about individual actions to protect and heal the environment sponsored by the SGI and produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with UN bodies.
On May 3, the exhibit was shown to elementary through high school students at Escuela Teniente Primero Juan Rigoberto Herrero, also located in Luque. In her greetings, Principal Carmen Venigama de Luis commented that the documentary offered insight into how we can protect the earth and lauded the local SGI-Paraguay members for their efforts in raising awareness for sustainable living.
[Adapted from an article in the June 27, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]
From June 3-17, 2007, the SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center hosted the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative. More than 1,000 visitors viewed the exhibition, cosponsored by Genoa City and Genoa Province in the Liguria Region. A Quiet Revolution, a film about individuals taking action to protect and heal the environment sponsored by the SGI and produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with UN bodies, was screened on opening day.
Also taking place on opening day was a conference titled, "Earth: Respect for Life and the Environment." The keynote speaker was Paola Giacalone, representative of Emergency, an independent, neutral and non-political organization that builds hospitals and arranges free medical treatment for civilian victims of war, land mines and poverty. Speaking on "Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace," Ms. Giacalone introduced the work of Emergency and how it promotes a culture of solidarity, peace and respect for human rights. Gianni Castoldi, SGI-Italy public relations officer, spoke on "Respect and Consideration for the Community of Life," and Stella Acerno, representative of Amnesty International, spoke on "Economic and Social Justice." Santo Grammatico of Legambiante, an NGO environmental alliance promoting ecological integration, and Domenico Menniti, a representative of the local government, also took part in the conference's round table discussions.
SGI-Italy Arts Division members and a local folkloric group performed at the event.
[Adapted from an SGI-Italy report and an article in the July 8, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]