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The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern. It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights the fact that a single individual can initiate positive change.
It also introduces the positive vision for sustainable living expressed in the Earth Charter, and gives examples of eight individuals and groups who have successfully taken action for change, from Africa to the Arctic and Eastern Europe.
related article Soka Gakkai in America: Focused on Servant Leadership and Dialogic Teaching by William Aiken, director of public affairs, SGI-USA Reflecting upon the SGI-USA community, William Aiken provides a Buddhist perspective on the future trends for religion in the US. Its key message, “It starts with one,” is the slogan chosen by the Earth Charter International’s 2010 campaign, “Earth Charter Plus 10.”
The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition contains 24 panels, including one left blank with a simple tree design so viewers can attach their own statement of what they will do toward sustainability.
The exhibition uses the “Learn, Reflect, Empower” formula outlined in Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development and is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
For further information about availability of this exhibition for educational use, please send an email to contact[at]peacesgi.org. The exhibition is currently available in English, French, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese versions.
“Seeds of Hope” is a successor to the “Seeds of Change” exhibition which was created for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002.
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