Soka Gakkai Malaysia Displays "Seeds of Hope" at Greentech Exhibition
Selected panels from the joint SGI and Earth Charter International environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope" were displayed by members of Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), at the third International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM2012), held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from October 10 to 13.
Considered the largest green exhibition in the region, Greentech provides a platform for businesses, non-governmental organizations and citizens to exchange and showcase information on innovative eco-friendly technology and raise awareness about the importance of sustainability. Every year it is organized by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, and endorsed by other ministries and stakeholders in the area of green technology. This year, over 300 organizations, including exhibitors from some 20 countries, set up booths.
On October 12, SGM Educators Division leader Lee Kok Kheng gave a talk at the expo, introducing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 environmental proposal and SGM's efforts in promoting environmental protection. 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 from June 20-22, 2012. Mr. Lee emphasized that rather than just relying on technology to solve our environmental problems, it is also important to affect a change in our mindsets and take action as individuals towards a more sustainable way of living.
Throughout the month of October, SGM members also organized the Seeds of Hope exhibition at ten different educational institutions in the states of Kedah, Melaka, Perak and Sabah, including an exhibition at SJKC Yu Hsien elementary school on October 31. At many of the venues, students actively participated by helping to set up the exhibit and explain the panels to their peers.
[Adapted from articles in the December 2012 issue of Cosmic, SGM; photos courtesy of SGM]