SGI Members in California, USA, and Taiwan Participate in Clean-up Campaigns
On September 22, 2008, as part of the annual Keep Gardena Beautiful Day program, members of SGI-USA Gardena Chapter in Gardena, California, USA, was entrusted with the clean-up of the Gardena Willows Wetlands Preserve, the last remnant of the once-extensive tidal marshes and sloughs that existed in the Southern California region a century ago. Gardena Chapter volunteers, young and old, worked to clear non-native plants, weeds, brush, trash and debris from the preserve. In recognition of their efforts, the group received a certificate of appreciation from the city. Gardena Chapter members hope to increase the number of participants and continue their monthly clean-up efforts. In February 2009, they are planning to sponsor "Seeds of Change," an exhibition on sustainable development created by SGI in partnership with the Earth Charter Initiative.
In Taiwan, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members in Chunghua and Kaohsiung Cities regularly engage in clean-up and beautification of parks and the neighborhoods around their culture centers. On September 21, some 120 TSA members in Sinjhuang City also volunteered to clean the pubic facilities around their culture center.
[Adapted from an SGI-USA report and an article in the October 23, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and an article in the October 14, 2008 issue of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of SGI-USA and Harmony Press]