Seeds of Hope – Exhibition

Date(s) - 24/06/2018 - 30/06/2018
All Day

CV Raman Hall, Sona College of Technology, Salem

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Bharat SokaGakkai,  (BSG)  is the Indian affiliate of SokaGakkai International  (SGI), a global association of grassroots organization working to promote peace and respect for all through the medium of culture and education,  have organized an exhibition the “Seeds of Hope – Visions of Sustainability – Steps toward Change” in association with the Department of Civil Engineering, Sona College of Technology, Salem.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on the Sunday, 24th June at 4 pm in the premises of Sona College of Technology at PG auditorium hall. The exhibition will be opened to the public at free of cost from 25th June to 30th June between 10 am and 6 pm at CV Raman hall, Sona College of Technology, Salem.

This exhibition is the joint venture of SokaGakkai International (SGI) and the Earth Charter International.  The SGI is a socially engaged network which promotes Peace, Culture and Education with 12 million members around the world.  Dr.Daisaku Ikeda is the President of SokaGakkai International, a multifaceted personality as an author, photographer, poet, philosopher, Peace builder, educator and the recipient of 365 Academic Awards and Honorary doctorates from institutions and universities around the world.

The Earth Charter is a declaration of values and principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society.  It was launched in 2000 and has now been endorsed by UNESCO, several national and local governments, numerous conservation organizations, faith groups, business and individuals.  The Earth Charter initiative is a network of individuals and groups actively promoting the Earth Charter more than 70 Countries.

The “Learn, Reflect, Empower” formula used in this exhibition was introduced by SGI President Dr.Daisaku Ikeda in a proposal on education for Sustainable Development for the world summit on Sustainable development in 2002.

The Key Features of the exhibition are as follows:

  • 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. Also, it provides space for people to pledge what action they will take.
  • 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. It emphasizes that Sustainability is not only about the protecting the environment but also ensuring Justice and Peace.
  • The slogan ‘It starts with one step with one individual’ is the key point and the ‘Power of one’ which will bring the change to the society is well focused in this exhibition. As the President of SokaGakkai International, DrDaisaku Ikeda says, “A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and further will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind” is the way to unfold and enablethe flower of human society to bloom.

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