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Back to listApr 27, 2008

SGI-Mexico Celebrates Earth Day with "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

Exhibition's ribbon-cutting

On April 22-27, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, showed at the Memorial Museum in Tlaxcala City, Mexico. Mexico's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Tlazcalteca Institute of Culture (ITC) and the Memorial Museum supported the event which commemorated April 22, Earth Day.

Attendees at the opening included SEMARNAT Tlaxcala State Representative Germán Parra Dávila; ITC General Director Sabino Yano Bretón; Mateo Castillo, coordinator of the SEMARNAT Public Participation and Transparency Unit; Salvador Morelos Ochoa, director of the Education and Training Center for Sustainable Development (CECADES); and SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Ríos.

Mr. Ríos expressed appreciation to the federal and state governments for their support and stated his hope that the exhibition would help local residents increase their understanding of the Earth Charter and how to support a sustainable environment. He also emphasized that the visitors will take home the exhibition's message that we can positively impact our future. Mr. Dávila praised SGI-Mexico's efforts to promote public awareness of environmental issues. CECADES Director Ochoa commented that the "Seeds of Change" exhibit is a useful educational tool, which shows how closely environmental conservation and the development of human communities are connected to our daily life and introduces the Earth Charter and its initiatives.

The "Seeds of Change" exhibition was first shown in Mexico at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey in October 2007 and has since traveled to several cities.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Mexico; photo courtesy of SGI-Mexico]