New Soka Gakkai Exhibition on Sustainable Development
On September 1, a new Soka Gakkai exhibition titled "The Earth and I" opened at the Takashimaya Department Store in Okayama City in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, where it ran until September 8. The opening ceremony was attended by the governor of Okayama Prefecture, Masahiro Ishii.
"The Earth and I" exhibition, which was inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2002 environmental proposal, consists of three sections. The first, utilizing both video and panel displays, focuses on current global environmental issues such as global warming, water resources and biodiversity. To increase awareness of the plight of endangered species, there is also a display of some rare insects from the Amazon.
The second part provides a forum for visitors to consider how energy will be produced in the future. It also features ideas and technologies that promote sustainable development.
Part three, amongst other interactive exhibits, includes the "Photo Earth Project"--a collage of photos taken by people of things they want to leave behind for future generations. This section also gives participants an opportunity to generate electric power simply by pedaling a bicycle.
The exhibition also features a video about the history of the planet and the evolution of life.
This new exhibition replaces the "21st Century Environment Exhibition" which was created in 2006. To date, it has been shown in 110 venues around Japan and has attracted more than one million people.
"The Earth and I" supports the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD, 2005-2014) and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020).
[Adapted from articles in the September 2 and 7, 2011, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]