Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change


A Joint Initiative of SGI and the Earth Charter International

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.

The message “It starts with one” is key—the slogan that the Earth Charter International have chosen for their “Earth Charter Plus 10” campaign in 2010.
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 ( pages 4-9)outlined in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development and is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Key features

  • The initial section introduces the idea of interconnection with inspiring quotes from different spiritual and religious traditions.

  • The exhibition stresses that sustainability is not only about the protecting the environment but also ensuring social justice and peace.

  • It introduces the Earth Charter and links the individual principles of the Earth Charter to the positive case studies.

  • It gives concrete ideas of what one person can do, and provides space for people to pledge what action they will take.

  • A special feature to appeal to children is the inclusion in the bottom half of each panel of an inset featuring an endangered or unusual animal.

  • The film “A Quiet Revolution” can be shown to accompany the exhibition, as can the “Seeds of Change” booklet containing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development (See Below).

  • An activity pack containing educational materials and ideas for activities for children related to the exhibition is available. (See Below)



How revival of traditional "rainwater harvesting" techniques is benefiting rural villages in India.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai introduces her pioneering tree planting work with rural women in Kenya.

"A Quiet Revolution" demonstrates the power of one individual to effect change in their local environment, featuring villagers in India engaged in rainwater conservation, citizens in Slovakia tackling chemical pollution and Wangari Maathai who started Kenya's Green Belt Movement. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, created by the Earth Council in cooperation with UNDP and UNEP, and supported by SGI.