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Sustainable Development Exhibition Shown in Carrara, Italy


From December 9-17, 2009, SGI-Italy hosted the "Seeds of Change: Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the province of Massa Carrara and Carrara City.

More than 3,300 visited the exhibition, including students from elementary, junior high and high schools in and around Carrara.

More than 200 attended the official opening on December 9, including Carrara City council member and SGI-Italy Vice Women's Leader Valeria Venturi. A city council member spoke about the power of dialogue in helping to resolve conflicts. The exhibition also highlighted the importance of grassroots actions to tackle global issues such as environmental destruction and poverty. The exhibition also highlights the difference that just one individual can make.

Created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, "Seeds of Change" was first shown at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002. Sixteen colorful panels give an introduction to sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter as a set of values and principles for sustainable living. Versions of the exhibition exist in English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic languages.

[Adapted from an article in the January 13, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]