SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition
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]