Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential



“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history”

An exhibition created by SGI (Soka Gakkai International) and the Earth Charter Initiative and first shown at WSSD (the World Summit on Sustainable Development) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002. Sixteen colorful panels give an introduction to sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter as a set of values and principles for a sustainable living. Shown in 17 countries by 2006 and available in English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic language versions.

The “Seeds of Change” exhibition is often held by local Soka Gakkai groups in cooperation with other NGOs, schools or community groups. For further information, please send an email to contact[at]

“The exhibition I have just seen right now has actually changed me, to be a better person.”—Sarah Mothung

“What a valuable and deep-rooted contribution this exhibition is.”—Michael Stimpel, German School, Jo’burg

“A TRUE display of a vision for a sustainable world.”—Jared McDonald

To view the panels, click the images

Panel 1 - Introduction to the aims of the exhibition Panel 2 - The state of the Earth 1 Panel 3 - The state of the Earth 2 Panel 4 - Introduces the cocept of sustainable development Panel 5 - Highlights the need for education for sustainable development and introduces the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) Panel 6 - General introduction to the Earth Charter Panel 7 - Preamble and key principles of the Earth Charter Panel 8 - The Earth Charter and Youth
Panel 9 - Real people taking action : 1 TheGreen Belt Movement in Kenya Panel 10 - Real people taking action : 2 Community Empowerment in Costa Rica Panel 11 - Real people taking action : 3 Water harvesting in India Panel 12 - Earth Charter in Action : 1 The Earth Charter Community Summits Panel 13 - Earth Charter in Action : 2 The Palo Freire Institute Panel 14 - Earth Charter in Action : 3 Vivim Plegats Panel 15 - SGI and the Earth Charter Panel 16 - You can... (Ideas for action)

For low resolution PDF file of the panels (2,259KB), click here

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