Sustainable Development

Back to listOct 7, 2007

SGI-Iceland Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened on September 22, 2007, in Hafnarfjördur City, Iceland, at the city's youth center. SGI-Iceland collaborated with Agenda 21, a local committee devoted to the environment; the youth center; and the city's education office.

About 100 attended the opening, including Gudfinna Gudmundsdóttir, head of the city's environment committee. Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir sent her regards for the opening and thanked SGI-Iceland for its efforts to introduce sustainable development and the Earth Charter to the local community, stating that this is the most important issue the country now faces.

Students from nearby schools visited the exhibition over the following two weeks and studied the Earth Charter in class.

"Seeds of Change" exhibition in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland

After the opening, the Ras 2 national radio station interviewed Steinunn Geirdal, an SGI-Iceland women's leader and a preschool teacher, who has been introducing environment-friendly policies in the capital, Reykjavík's, primary school system. The Agenda 21 committee later expressed interest in using the "Seeds of Change" as a resource for its own activities and schools throughout Iceland.

[Adapted from an article in the October 24, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]