"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shows in Mexico
SGI-Mexico has been cohosting showings of the SGI's “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential” exhibition in various locations. From October 6 to November 7, 2008, the exhibition was installed at the School of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) in Merida, with support from the government of the State of Yucatan.
Following a showing in the city of Merida, the exhibition opened at Veracruz City Hall, with assistance from the city and Veracruz State governments. Veracruz is the oldest port city in Mexico, located 400 kilometers east of Mexico City. SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios attended the opening on November 10, together with some 150 guests and local residents, including Forest Development General Director Héctor Hernándes Andrade. The exhibition was part of an official Soka Gakkai Day celebration, which the city council established on November 18, 2006. At the opening, Veracruz City Social Development Director Gilberto Zamorano Morfín remarked that the exhibition offers a vision of life Veracruz citizens should strive for.
"Activities such as this," commented Alejandro Bringas, professor at the University of Veracruz, "encourage children and young people to learn more about the importance of saving vital resources." He also stated, "Frequently, students try to be helpful, but they don't know what to do. I am sure this exhibition will provide them key elements for action." The exhibition in Veracruz closed on November 22.
From November 25 to 27, the exhibition was shown during the Second International Conference on Sustainable Development at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City.
Some 15,000 students viewed the exhibition at the School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Puebla (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, BUAP) from July 1-18. Founded in 1587, BUAP is the oldest and largest university in the State of Puebla. BUAP, the Federal Ministry for Environment Affairs and SGI-Mexico cohosted the event. At the opening, Rosa Imelda Cuadras from the Federal Ministry for Environment Affairs stated that the Earth Charter includes principles and values for sustainability and that the Seeds of Change exhibition displays those principles and encourages people to change their attitudes and actions.
[Adapted from reports from SGI-Mexico and an article in the October 31, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Mexico]