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President of Taiwan Visits “Seeds of Hope” Exhibition

Seeds of Hope exhibitionPresident Ma Ying-jeou (center) views the "Seeds of Hope" exhibition at National Formosa University

During  April, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held Community Friendship Culture Festivals, called "Cherish Earth, Love Taiwan," in some 90 venues throughout Taiwan. The SGI and Earth Charter International exhibition, "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" was displayed as part of the festival held at the National Formosa University in Yunlin County. On April 17, Ma Ying-jeou, president of Taiwan, attended the festival and viewed the exhibition at the university.

President Ma Ying-jeouPresident Ma Ying-jeou with his personal message for the exhibition

One of the "Seeds of Hope" panels encourages visitors to write their personal determinations and goals. President Ma shared his hope that people would make a conscious effort to "save oil, save electricity, save water and save paper." He noted that the festival fostered community relations while building awareness about how to deepen respect for the planet. He also mentioned that during his time as governor of Taipei, he attended SGI-Taiwan's Community Friendship Culture Festivals on two occasions and admired TSA's continuous efforts to promote  the importance of the community and the environment.

In total, more than 10,000 people viewed the exhibition.

[Adapted from an article in the April 26, 2011, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of TSA]