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"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Mexico



From April 20 to May 20, 2010, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" (SOC), an exhibition jointly created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was shown at the Guanajuato City Culture Center in Mexico. The exhibition, which was opened by Mayor Nicéforo Guerrero Reynoso, was one of the first activities in Mexico's celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter (EC). The exhibition was viewed by more than 4,000 people.

Officials from the State of Guanajuato, University of Guanajuato and Federal Ministry for Environmental Affairs also attended. Guanajuato was chosen as the location for the exhibition in conjunction with the state's bicentennial celebrations commemorating the start of the independence movement that took place there 200 years ago.

From April 22-24, a series of workshops and presentations was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Guanajuato local and State Government and the University of Guanajuato to mark Earth Day and Earth Charter +10. At the university auditorium on April 23, Earth Charter International Council Chair Steven Rockefeller expressed his thanks to Mexico for its exemplary role in utilizing the Earth Charter.

In his opening remarks at the April 20 exhibition opening, SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Ríos introduced quotes from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's peace proposals relating to environmental affairs.

Mayor Nicéforo Guerrero stated that SOC is making an important contribution to enhancing public awareness about sustainability and one's impact on the environment. He encouraged participants to reflect on their lives and how they can become more Earth-friendly.

Mateo Castillo of the Earth Charter International Council stated that SOC is an important effort that demonstrates SGI's commitment to promote just, sustainable and pacifist societies. He also noted that it reflects SGI President Ikeda's commitment to build world peace.

University of Guanajuato Environmental Affairs Program Coordinator Dr. Shafía Sucar Succar added that SOC is a helpful academic tool, as it offers multilateral visions on sustainability, economic and social issues.

To date, the "Seeds of Change" exhibition has been shown in 11 venues throughout Mexico, including universities, museums, public libraries and commercial malls.


[Adapted from a report from SGI-Mexico; photo courtesy of SGI-Mexico]