Sustainable Development

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"Seeds of Change" Shown in United Arab Emirates, Canada and India

100502dubai-story.jpg In Dubai

On May 2, 2010, SGI members residing in the Persian Gulf organized a showing of the environmental exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter & Human Potential" at the head office of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Several members of ENOC senior management attended the opening on May 2, and expressed their strong enthusiasm for the initiative. This was the first time the company had hosted such an exhibition on its premises.

Initially created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, "Seeds of Change" is available in eight languages and has toured cities across the globe.

100502dubai-story(2).jpg In Dubai

Local SGI members from the Gulf made a brief presentation and introduced some of their activities. This was followed by a showing of A Quiet Revolution, a film about individual actions to protect and heal the environment. The exhibition was displayed for one week, with the video screened three times daily.

In addition to the showing in Dubai, SGI members from Winnipeg, Canada, organized the "Seeds of Change" exhibition at the Winnipeg Millennium Public Library from April 19 to mid-May, in conjunction with Canada's Earth Day celebrations. Similarly, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members displayed the exhibition at the Sadiq Nagar Community Center in New Delhi, India, from April 2-4. Over 2,000 attended this event, which included 800 school children, dignitaries, and artists.

[Adapted from reports from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), and an article from the May 2010 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News; photos courtesy of BSG]