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A 30-minute film featuring three dramatic case studies of how individuals in India, Slovakia and Kenya have contributed to solving local environmental problems.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and featuring interviews with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other experts, the film's primary message is that even one person's action can make a dramatic difference.
"...feeling powerless to affect the crisis facing humanity, many do nothing. But a growing number of ordinary people are carrying out a quiet revolution."
This prize-winning film which was produced by the Earth Council in cooperation with UNDP and UNEP, and supported by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), introduces villagers in India restoring ancient traditions of rainwater conservation, citizens in Slovakia tackling chemical pollution and profiles the achievements of Wangari Maathai who started the Green Belt Movement and initiated a program through which women in Kenya have planted over 30 million trees and regained control over their lives. The film urges individuals to take up the challenge of becoming active protagonists in the struggle to create a peaceful, sustainable world.
IOP and SGI Join Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism at USC
On September 6, a one-day symposium on "Buddhist Environmentalism" was held at the University of Southern California (USC) Doheny Memorial Library. The symposium was jointly hosted by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at USC, the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Asia Society Southern California.
"Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do..."
The film is now available in 8 languages--English, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Spanish, French, German and Arabic.
As of November 2007, copies of the 8-language DVD version are available free, in Japan, for educational purposes as part of SGI's contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Contact: SGI PR Office. For countries other than Japan, copies can be obtained at a nominal cost from Classix Communications. Contact: email@example.com