"The Earth and I" Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Japan
Soka Gakkai's environmental exhibition "The Earth and I" was shown in the city of Takikawa in Hokkaido from January 20-29. Visitors were able to enjoy a variety of displays designed for both children and adults, ranging from video installations to specimens such as rare insects from the Amazon.
Takikawa International Exchange Association (TIEA) President Yoshihiro Kawaguchi was present at the opening ceremony and commented that this exhibition teaches that even individuals, through making small efforts to better their immediate environment, can affect positive change on a global scale.
"The Earth and I" exhibition is a new exhibition inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development. The exhibition aims to increase awareness of the plight of endangered species and to encourage people to think actively about the future of energy production and sustainable development.
"The Earth and I" was created in support the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD, 2005-2014) and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020).
[Adapted from an article from the January 21, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]