"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Tours Three Malaysian States
During March, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) arranged for the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change" (SOH) exhibition to tour three states--Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Penang.
From March 4-6, the exhibition was shown at SGM Perak Culture Centre. The Director of Perak State Education Department, Yang Bahagia Tuan Mohd Rauhi bin Mohd Isa, participated in events held on March 5. In his speech, he praised the values the exhibition seeks to impart and later led a tree planting ceremony. SGM Perak representative Teh Qwee Hwa also spoke, stating that over 4,000 teachers and students in Perak State had viewed the SOH exhibition in 2010.
The second showing of "Seeds of Hope" was held by the Counseling Society of SMK Bukit Mewah school on March 7-8. Thirty-nine students acted as exhibition guides, and Wong Kam Piew, the school's Headmaster, gave a speech saying he hoped the exhibition would raise student awareness of environmental protection issues. Students from the school wrote their personal determinations to protect the Earth on leaf-shaped pieces of paper and placed them on the "Tree of Ideas."
In Penang, the exhibition was part of the LOHAS Expo 2011, organized by the NGO 1Humanity Team and cosponsored by Aident Corporation, from March 25-27, and was viewed by more than 1,000 visitors from a wide range of age groups and backgrounds. The film A Quiet Revolution, which features powerful examples of individuals who have contributed to solving local environmental problems, was also screened at the exhibition.
On March 26, SGM Johor, the Johor State Government, the Johor State Economy Planning Unit and the Johor State Tourism Department cosponsored an "Earth Hour" event in which lights were switched off in support of sustainable development.
[Adapted from an article from the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy of SGM]