"Seeds of Change" Exhibits in Mexico
The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened for the first time in Mexico, during the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon State. The forum is a global event that occurs every four years, seeking to reunite citizens from a wide range of cultures, languages and religions to foster intercultural dialogue and promote global civil society. The exhibition was shown October 11-13, 2007, during the forum's "Week of Cities, Population and Natural Resources." The Earth Charter Committee of Mexico supported the exhibition, at the request of Mexico's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources.
"Seeds of Change" formally opened on October 11 with José Natividad González Parás, governor of Nuevo Leon State; Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, minister of the Environment and Natural Resources; José Antonio González Treviño, president of the Nuevo Leon State University; and SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios Ramirez attending.
Oscar Motomura, an Earth Charter International (ECI) Council member of Brazil, spoke at the opening and stressed that learning to take care of the natural environment leads to peace and is an important component of education. He also said there is a need to broaden education beyond the classrooms, and to raise awareness of all people to the need for ethical behavior and action for the common good. Mateo A. Castillo Ceja, an ECI Council member active in promoting the Earth Charter in Mexico, and Mirian Vilela, executive director of the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, also attended.
At the opening, an indigenous music group from Tabasco State performed traditional music. Children from the Tzotzil community welcomed the guests. Students from the "Valle Alto" of the Instituto San Roberto of Monterrey also participated.
The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources has expressed interest in using the "Seeds of Change" exhibition as a resource for its sustainability education efforts throughout the country.
[Adapted from an article in the October 28, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]