Seeds of Hope Exhibition Highlights Sustainability in New Zealand
On November 19, SGI-New Zealand (SGI-NZ) launched the joint SGI and the Earth Charter International environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Towards Change" in Wellington.
The opening ceremony was held at the New Zealand Parliament "Beehive" building. Member of Parliament Charles Chauvel cosponsored the one-day showing there, and he commented: "Having the exhibition here in Wellington as a result of SGI sponsorship reminds us that SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was one of the proponents of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." He pointed out that the exhibition makes us aware that there is so much more work to do to ensure that all policy is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Andrew Matthews, deputy chairperson of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Sam Judd, cofounder of Sustainable Coastlines, and Māori representatives also attended the launch, along with 300 SGI members from 14 countries in Oceania who were in New Zealand for a regional meeting.
SGI-NZ General Director Jimi Wallace introduced SGI's environmental activities led by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. In her speech, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown stated: "I love the way the exhibition embraces a great variety of cultures and issues, whether it is water or reconciliation between peoples. It ties in with the interconnectedness between human beings and the natural world."
Mr. Matthews said that SGI and UNESCO share a similar vision and how he hoped the two organizations would cooperate in the future to promote environmental activities.
The New Zealand launch of the exhibition was organized by SGI in New Zealand with the support of UNICEF and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.
There are plans to show the "Seeds of Hope" exhibition at the Kilbirnie Library in Wellington from December 2, 2011, to January 12, 2012; at the War Memorial Library in Lower Hutt from January 14-27, and at the Petone Library from January 28 to February 10.
[Adapted from an article in the November 26, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbum, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and the SGI-New Zealand website; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]