After touring the globe, the thought-provoking photographic exhibition Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential is being brought to Dubai for the first time through the efforts of Soka Gakkai International...

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Published: Wed 16 Nov 2005, 1:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:07 PM

(SGI) Dubai, with support from Dubai Humanitarian City, Dubai Aid City and Dubai Knowledge Village.

Since its debut in Johannesburg in 2002, Seeds of Change has toured several cities across the globe and attracted thousands of viewers.

The exhibition will be launched today jointly by Barbara Castek, CEO of Dubai Aid City and Dubai Humanitarian City as well as Dr Abdulla Karam, CEO of Dubai Knowledge Village. The exhibition will be held in the Tamkeen Foyer at Knowledge Village until November 26 — from 10 am to 8 pm

Initially created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, where it won third place in the independent exhibits category, the now updated exhibition links panels on the state of the world with a hopeful message about the potential of even one individual to make a positive change. It is structured around the Earth Charter — a declaration of ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society — and presents the Charter as a tool for understanding and achieving the vision of a sustainable world.

Dr Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (Japan), says: "Education must inspire the faith that each of us has both the power and the responsibility to effect positive change on a global scale".

In pursuit of this objective, Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a UN-recognised NGO with over 12 million members in 190 countries and territories, has been striving to promote peace through education and culture.

The exhibition is being used as a key resource by SGI and Earth Charter-related organisations in their efforts to promote sustainable development in countries around the world. It's purpose is to offer inspiration and hope, as well as facts and information. Responses, such as, "I have been deeply moved and inspired. I will do something from today," illustrate the kind of effect that it aims to achieve.

Three new panels have recently been added to the exhibition. These give examples of how groups in different countries around the world have used the Earth Charter in initiatives promoting positive social change. The final panel offers a list of simple suggestions of ways in which the viewers can initiate their own process of positive change, wherever they are, whether it be planting a tree or using the Earth Charter as the basis for discussion on our common future.

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