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On June 2, in commemoration of World Environment Day (June 5), a 10-day showing of the exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change,” jointly created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, opened at the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition ran until June 11 and was viewed by some 90,000 people, all of whom were given a packet of flower seeds symbolizing the exhibition’s key message—that the power to create positive change resides within each individual.
The opening ceremony was attended by Maria Doralice Novaes, president of the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, and Valdir Florindo, vice president of the Brazilian Academy of Labor Law. Ms. Novaes commended SGI’s “steady and patient efforts” to raise awareness on environmental issues.
In Mexico, Chile and Argentina, the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition has also continued to be shown. This year Soka Gakkai Mexico (SGMEX) has received requests for showings from some 30 schools that are part of the High School Education System of the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco State. So far, five of these high schools have hosted the exhibition.
On April 22, the exhibition was shown at the University of Antofagasta in Chile. It was also on display on May 5 at the new SGI-Argentina Patagonia Culture Center, which was officially opened the previous day.
Adapted from articles in the May 17, June 5 and 15, 2014, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of the Seikyo Shimbun.
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