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"Seeds of Hope" Shown in Canada and Paraguay

Surrey City Centre LibraryThe Seeds of Hope exhibition at Surrey City Centre Library

In the month of September, the SGI and Earth Charter International’s joint exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change" was shown in Canada and Paraguay.

SGI-Canada members in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, and neighboring communities helped bring the exhibition to Surrey’s new City Centre Library, where it was on display from September 7-14. Furthermore, the city officially proclaimed September 7-14, “Seeds of Hope Week."

Surrey City Centre LibrarySurrey City Councillor Mary Martin presents proclamation of Seeds of Hope Week to SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers

The official opening of the exhibition, held on September 8, was attended by Surrey City Councillor Mary Martin, on behalf of Mayor Dianne Watts, as well as representatives of charity organizations.  Recognizing SGI-Canada’s contributions to the community, Councillor Martin said, “It is through initiatives like these, along with remembering the potential an individual has to positively affect the world around them, that we will witness true change in how we live our lives.


SGI-Paraguay Culture CenterYouth members give an explanation of the exhibition at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center

On September 16, SGI-Paraguay organized a seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2012 environmental proposal in conjunction with a showing of the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in the nation’s capital, Asunción. Mr. Ikeda’s proposal, “For a Sustainable Global Society: Learning for Empowerment and Leadership,” issued on June 5, offered suggestions for consideration at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20, 2012.

[Adapted from articles in the September 24 and October 1, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]