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"Seeds of Hope" Shown at York University, Toronto

ribbon-cutting ceremonyThe ribbon-cutting ceremony for the "Seeds of Hope” exhibition

From March 20-22, the SGI and the Earth Charter International's joint exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown by SGI-Canada at York University's Keele campus for the second time.

The exhibition was part of the launch celebrations for the university's new sustainability website, which features information on a variety of initiatives underway at its Keele and Glendon campuses. It also offers ways in which individuals and groups can take initiative to promote environmental awareness.

Accompanying the exhibition, tables were set up providing information about the university’s President's Sustainability Council, its Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS), its Maloca Community Garden, and Smart Commute carpooling program giving information on how to implement sustainable practices both on campus and in the community. To help raise awareness of water issues, a sculpture made out of used water bottles was also on display. (Subsequently the university has pledged to ban the sale of bottled water on its campuses by September 2015.)

From April 27-29, the "Seeds of Hope" exhibition was also displayed at the "Transcending Borders--Towards Global Health" conference held at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

The English and the Chinese language versions of the exhibition were also shown at the Aberdeen Centre, a shopping and entertainment complex, in Richmond, British Columbia, from May 20-21. The opening ceremony was attended by British Columbia's Minister of State for Multiculturalism John Yap, Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie and representatives from educational and media institutions. An estimated 2,000 people viewed the exhibition, and tours were conducted in English, Mandarin and Cantonese by SGI members.

One panel of the exhibition features an image a tree titled "I Will" where people can post their individual pledges to live a more sustainable lifestyle. In return, 140 of the people who did this were given a spruce tree sapling.

The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition is comprised of 24 panels focusing on the themes of interconnectedness, social justice and peace. It offers examples of how individuals and small groups, inspired by the Earth Charter, have taken action to create more sustainable communities.

[Adapted from  articles in the June 2012 issue of SOKA, SGI-Canada, the June 2, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and the June 2012 issue of  SGI-Canada Online News; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]