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Back to listApr 17, 2010

Earth Day Celebrated in Kansas, USA


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On April 17, 2010, SGI-USA members in Kansas participated in the 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration for the City of Lawrence, Kansas. Hundreds of Earth Day supporters attended the event, which provided a venue for community members to learn about their impact on the natural environment and engage in dialogue about ways in which they can create a more sustainable and eco-friendly community.

The Earth Day celebration started off with the annual presentation of Read-Out, Speak-Out, Sing-Out, Act-Out, Dance-Out for Earthcare—a series of presentations from local groups concerned about the environment. A chorus of SGI members performed a song, followed by a public reading of the Earth Charter.

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Also at the event, SGI-USA hosted information booths displaying literature about SGI's activities promoting awareness of nuclear weapons abolition and sustainable development. SGI's collaboration with the Earth Charter Initiative and their joint exhibition, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," as well as other SGI exhibitions such as, "Victory Over Violence" (VOV), were introduced.

The day's activities included an Earth Day parade hosted by Kansas University Environs. Approximately 200 participated, including SGI-USA members.

Over the past four years, SGI members in Lawrence, Kansas, have engaged in efforts to promote environmental awareness, such as hosting the "Seeds of Change" exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center, as well as adopting and volunteering to clean-up the city's Japanese Friendship Garden.


[Adapted from an article in the May 21, 2010, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of June Jones]