"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Flourishes in New Delhi
Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai organized a tour of the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH) exhibition, created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, throughout Delhi from July to October of this year.
The most recent showing took place at the University of Delhi's Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute from September 30 to October 2. In her speech at the opening ceremony, Sunita Narain, Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment, said that the exhibition served as a reminder that everyone can indeed make a difference in building a much better world. The exhibition ran until October 2 and attracted more than 2,000 visitors, including Delhi Mayor Ms. Rajni Abbi.
Back in July, from 23-24, SOH was held at Tecnia Institute of Advanced Studies, and opened by Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg. The SGI environmental film A Quiet Revolution was also screened during this showing. The film features three individuals who have contributed to solving local environmental problems and exemplify the exhibition's theme that one individual can indeed affect change for the better
Coinciding with the annual Van Mahostav, a tree planting festival celebrated during the monsoon season, a further showing of SOH was held at St. Francis De Sales School from August 7-9. In the spirit of both the exhibition and the festival, local environmental activists and dignitaries present at the inauguration ceremony were presented with saplings. The exhibition was opened by Maninderjit Singh Bitta, chair of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, and visited by nearly 1,500 people.
Another showing of SOH, from August 29-30, took place at St. Columba's School and was opened by the school's principal, Brother LD Lobo. Some of the school's 11-year-old students acted as guides to their fellow students.
[Adapted from articles in October 2011, issue of Value Creation, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG); photos courtesy of BSG]