"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Held in Taiwan
From May 16-29, 2010, a new environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change," created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, is being shown in Chinese at 36 of Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) culture centers and venues around Taiwan.
Hundreds of people from local communities have been to see the ongoing exhibition. Dr. James King-Pong Lin, President of Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, came to TSA's Annan Culture Center in Tainan on May 17. He highly recommended the exhibition and expressed his hope that his university would host it in the future.
Several hundred TSA Student Group members from 107 colleges and universities volunteered to be guides and staff for the exhibition. They initiated dialogues at their respective campuses inviting their professors and fellow students to the exhibition.
Seeds of Hope has gained the recognition of several Taiwanese ministries and government offices. The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education, the Council for Cultural Affairs and the National Youth Commission have officially expressed their intention to stand as advisors to the exhibition.
The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It stresses the interconnection between human beings and the environment and the positive difference one individual can make. The exhibition uses the "Learn, Reflect, Empower" formula outlined in President Ikeda's 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development. It contains 24 panels, including one (number 23) which is left blank with a tree design so that viewers of the exhibition can attach their own statement of what they will do toward sustainability.
A special feature which is intended to appeal to children is the inclusion on the bottom half of each panel of an inset featuring an endangered or unusual animal.
[Adapted from an article in the May 25, 2010, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]