Sustainable Development

Back to listJan 28, 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Cercado de Lima, Peru

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, opened on January 28, 2008 at the Ramón Castilla Clinic, a health clinic in Cercado de Lima, Peru. The exhibition was shown through February 2 as part of the activities celebrating the clinic's 26th anniversary. At the opening, Clinic Director Dr. Arturo Tovar Madueño welcomed those attending and expressed his pleasure in hosting "Seeds of Change," which has toured other cities in Peru and Latin American countries.

Guests included Dr. Luis Miguel López, deputy director of the Municipal Health Department of Lima; Dr. Shara María Vega Sánchez, Director of the Women, Children and Youth Health Department of the Peruvian Health Ministry; and other public health personnel.

Dr. Julia Saldaña, head physician at the Ramón Castilla Clinic, commented that "Seeds of Change" has a profound message: "It's not about waiting until you are a part of an organization or creating a consensus before taking action. It's about each individual initiating action for the sake of sustainable development.... I've already heard many favorable comments about the exhibition. People are feeling motivated. I would like to congratulate the SGI for organizing it."

Created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, the exhibition was first shown at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, it has traveled to some 20 countries and is available in various languages including English, Icelandic, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic.

[Adapted from an SGI-Peru report; photos courtesy of SGI-Peru]